Dr. John Gresham

Director of Distance Education and Online Learning
Office Hours: 
By appointment. (Online students please see syllabus for virtual office hours)
B.A. (Biblical Studies) Wheaton College, Wheaton IL, 1979.
M.A. (Theological Studies) Wheaton College, Wheaton IL, 1985.
Ph.D. (Religion). Baylor University, Waco TX, 1991.
M.S. (Library Science) University of North Texas, Denton, TX, 1994.
Certificate (Spiritual Direction) Alleluia School of Spiritual Direction, Augusta GA, 2018.
Bio / Information: 

In his academic career Dr. Gresham has worked as a theology professor and/or librarian at Christian Life College, Baylor University, Sterling College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Fontbonne University and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis MO (where he also served as Academic Dean for seven years). 
Dr. Gresham is a certified Spiritual Director and teaches each summer in a spirituality program for seminarians run by the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE. He and his wife were resident caretakers of Vision of Peace Hermitages, a small retreat center near St Louis, from 2015-2018. 

While serving at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Dr. Gresham also taught courses for the Paul VI Catechetical Institute, Archdiocese of St. Louis where he introduced online courses for the laity. After 15 years of teaching online and training other faculty how to teach online for Paul VI Institute, he accepted the invitation in 2018 to provide leadership for online education at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

Dr. Gresham is a convert, traveling a spiritual pilgrimage from evangelical and Pentecostal roots through the Episcopal Church, finally finding his way home to the Catholic Church in 1996. In 2008, he shared his story on the Journey Home program on EWTN. He has been married almost 40 years, has 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Wonder and the Prayerful Study of Theology. (co-author with Thomas Neal) Institute for Priestly Formation, 2017.
Holy Spirit 101: Present Among Us. Liguori, 2011.
Jesus 101: God and Man. Liguori, 2010.
Charles G. Finney’s Doctrine of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Hendrickson, 1987.


“A Sharing of Gifts: A Catholic Response to the Report of the Sixth Phase of the International Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue.” Ecumenical Trends 10 (November 2017): 10-11.

“Moved by the Holy Spirit.” Liguorian (May-June, 2014)

“Contemplating Christ in the Classroom.” In Seminary Theology: Teaching in a Contemplative Way. Institute for Priestly Formation, 2010.

“Apologetics: A Critical Component of Adult Catechesis in North America.” Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly 4 (Winter 2010): 43-46.

“They Call Him...” Liguorian (December 2010): 8-11.

“All About Mary: Three Papal Teachings that Celebrate Her Life.” Liguorian (May 2010): 24-28.

“Religion in a Culture of Science, Skepticism, and Do-it-yourself Spirituality.” Liguorian. (September 2009): 8-12.  Received a Catholic Press Award.

“Werner Stark.” In Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy: An Encyclopedia. Scarecrow Press, 2007.

“Divine Pedagogy as a Model for Online Education.” Teaching Theology and Religion. 9.1 (2006): 24-28.

“The Prophetic, Priestly and Royal Sacrifice of Christ.” The Priest. (April 2003): 44-48.

“The Collective Charisma of the Catholic Church: Werner Stark's Critique of Max Weber's Routinization Theory.” Catholic Social Science Review 8 (2003): 123-139.

“Cyber-plagiarism: Technological and Cultural Background and Suggested Responses.” Catholic Library World. 73:1 (2002):  16-19. 

“Three Trinitarian Spiritualities.” In Exploring Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader. Baker Books, 2000.

“A Guide to Religious Studies Resources on the Internet.” In The Internet Compendium: Subject Guides to the Humanities, Neal-Schuman, 1995.

“The Place of Religion in the Universe of Knowledge According to Various Systems of Bibliographic Classification.” Journal of Religious and Theological Information 2 (1994): 29-43. 

“From Invisible College to Cyberspace College: Computer Conferencing and the Transformation of Informal Scholarly Communication Networks.” Interpersonal Computing and Technology.4 (1994): 37-52.

“Three Trinitarian Spiritualities.” Journal of Spiritual Formation 15 (1994): 21-33.

“The Social Model of the Trinity and its Critics.” Scottish Journal of Theology 46 (1993): 325-343. 

Book Reviews

40+ reviews in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 2000-present


Finding God in Cyberspace: A Guide To Religious Studies Resources on the Internet (1994-2005.) Recommended by Britannica Internet GuideChronicle of Higher EducationInternet Scout ReportSyllabus MagazineChoice, and College and Research Libraries News.

Catholic Biblical Interpretation (2000-2013)

Catholic Web Resources (2002-2013)

Catholic Apologetics Library (2005-2013).