J. Bradley Wigger

Second Presbyterian Church Professor of Christian Education

Southeast Missouri State University, BS; Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, MDiv; Princeton Theological Seminary, PhD

J. Bradley Wigger, a minister ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), has served churches in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Mexico. He was a social worker working in a school of special education, and taught at Princeton Theological Seminary and Marian College of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, before joining the faculty at Louisville Seminary in 1997.

In addition to serving on the seminary’s faculty, Wigger directed the seminary’s Center for Congregations and Family Ministries for a decade before turning to full-time teaching. As Center Director, he edited the journal Family Ministry, co-edited the Families and Faith Book Series (Jossey-Bass), provided leadership educational opportunities through conferences and workshops, and taught and continues to teach courses focused upon children and families, child advocacy, practical theology, writing, and the church’s teaching ministry.

Wigger has authored several articles and books. His most recent publication is a picture book for children, Thank You, God (Eerdmans, 2014), preceded by Original Knowing: How Religion, Science, and the Human Mind Point to the Irreducible Depth of Life (Cascade, 2012). He has also written a book of table, devotional and bedtime prayers, rooted in the Psalms, called Together We Pray: A Prayer Book for Families (Chalice, 2005); a book for parents called The Power of God at Home: Nurturing Our Children in Love and Grace (Jossey-Bass, 2003); and a book based on his doctoral research in epistemology, The Texture of Mystery: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Perception and Learning (Bucknell University Press, 1998). In 2009, he began conducting research in children’s cognitive development as part of Oxford University’s Cognition, Religion, and Theology project, and has since interviewed over 500 children in five countries about invisible friends, deities, ancestors, angels, and more.

“Homes and congregations are crucial to the Church’s teaching ministry; they are realms that potentially form and transform our ideas about life, our patterns of relationship, notions of who we are, our sense of vocation and purpose, as well as our ways of being with others. For most, homes and congregations are the realms in which our sense of God emerges or not.”
-J. Bradley Wigger