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Theology educator , writer , author

Ronald J. Sider, American theology educator, author. Malcolm Chase fellow, 1962-1963, R.E. Darling fellow, 1963-1964, fellow Yale University, 1967-1968, Institute for Advanced Christian Studies, 1976; co-chair Working Group on Human Needs and Faith-Based and Community Initiatives II, 2002-2003.


Sider, Ronald J. was born on September 17, 1939 in Stevensville, Ontario, Canada.


Bachelor with honors, Waterloo Lutheran University, Ontario, Canada, 1962; Master of Arts in History, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1963; Bachelor's Degree, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1967; Doctor of Philosophy in History, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1969; Doctor (honorary), Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, 1998; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Malone College, Canton, Ohio, 2005; Department of Science and Technology (honorary), Messiah College, 2009.


Lecturer, assistant professor, then associate professor Messiah College, Philadelphia, 1968-1978, acting director, dean, 1971-1975. Associate professor theology Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wynnewood, 1978-1984, professor theology and culture, 1984—2002, Ronald J. Sider professor theology, holistic ministry public policy, since 2002. Director Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy Palmer Seminary, Eastern University, since 2002.

Coordinator, chair, convenor workshops in field. Coordinator International Consultation on Simple Lifestyle, London, 1980. Lecturer in field.



Head voter registration drive, New Haven, 1967, president Diamond St. Community Center, 1986-1991, executive director Evangelicals for Social Action, 1987-1992, president, since 1992, executive director Just Life, 1987-1991, president, 1991-1994, board directors Bread for the World, 1978-1984, Mennonite Central Committee, 1978-1980, National Religious Partnership on the Environmental, since 1994, Call to Renewal, 1996-2007, Sojourners, since 2007, Evangel. Environmental Network, 2005^, co-chair National Workshop on Race and Reconciliation, Atlanta, 1975. Member National Association Evangelicals (member social action commission 1975-2004).


Married Arbutus Lichti Sider, August 19, 1961. Children: Theodore Ronald, Michael Jay, Sonya Maria.

Arbutus Lichti Sider

Theodore Ronald Sider

Michael Jay Sider

Sonya Maria Sider