J. Harold Ellens

Professor of Church Biblical Studies and Church History


313-831-5200, ext. 208

Calvin College

Th.B. and MDiv.

Calvin Theological Seminary 
Princeton Theological Seminary


Wayne State University 


University of Michigan 

J. Harold Ellens, Ph.D., is a scholar whose professional life of 55 years has been focused upon research, lecturing, and publication on the interface of the sciences of psychology and theology. His work has suggested new perspectives particularly relating to the relationship between psychology and spirituality, which he considers to be two discreet names for essentially the same domain of inquiry and function, i.e., the operations of the psyche of the "Living Human Document."  
Born in a remote rural setting in northern Michigan, Dr. Ellens acquired his college education at Calvin College and graduate degrees at Calvin Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wayne State University, and the University of Michigan. He holds a PhD in the Psychology of Human Communications and a PhD in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins. He is now a retired church theologian, university professor, and US Army Colonel. He continues his work as international lecturer, psychotherapist in private practice, and author of numerous volumes in theology, psychology, communications, human sexuality, and pastoral care. 
Dr. Ellens has been married to Mary Jo (Lewis) Ellens for 56 years, has seven children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. 

Dr. J. Harold Ellens


Many traditions. One Spirit.