The Team

Editorial Team

Jake Morley (Editor) is studying towards his PhD at the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. His broader research interests include theological aesthetics as well as the relationship between poetry and theology, while his more specific research covers English poetry from Spenser to Milton and the application to literary study of the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Prior to beginning at St Andrews, Jake taught English and Bible at The Stony Brook School in New York and performed freelance editorial work for InterVarsity Press. His previous academic work includes an MA in English from Middlebury College and an MA in systematic theology from Wheaton College.

Karen McClain Kiefer (Associate Editor) is originally from Ohio, and has also lived in Maryland, Arizona and Minnesota where she built a career in corporate management and consulting, followed by service in pastoral, social and theatre ministry.  She entered the PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews after earning a Masters in Theology at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota.  She is currently researching the nature of otherness and “empty space” in suffering and how improvisation can inform a theological context which may help us respond meaningfully. While at Saint John’s, Karen served as co-editor for the journal Obsculta.

Joel Mayward (Associate Editor) is a pastor, theologian, and film critic. The author of three books, he is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts where he is researching the intersection of theology, ethics, and cinema in the films of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Joel has journal articles and reviews published in TheologyJournal of Religion & Film, and Journal of Youth and Theology; he’s written on film and theology for Christianity Today, Think Christian, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Christ and Pop Culture, Fuller Seminary’s Reel Spirituality, Youth Worker Journal, and Immerse Journal. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, he’s been a pastor for over a decade, serving in churches in Oregon, Arizona, and British Columbia. As a film critic, Joel is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and INTERFILM, and serves on the Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury. You can read his movie reviews at his personal website,, and follow him on Twitter: @joelmayward.

Dr. Gavin Hopps (ITIA Director, ex officio Editor) is Senior Lecturer in Literature & Theology and Director of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. He has been involved in ITIA since he came to St Andrews as an RCUK Academic Fellow in 2006. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer in English at the universities of Aachen, Oxford and Canterbury Christ Church and a CRASSH Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. His research is broadly concerned with theology and the arts, with a particular focus on Romantic literature and contemporary British popular music, though he is also interested in the relationship between theology and modalities of lightness (such as comedy, camp, leisure and play). He has published numerous articles on Romantic writing, a collection of essays on the spectral, the spiritual and the supernatural in Byron, a co-edited collection on Romanticism and Religion, and a monograph on the singer-songwriter Morrissey. He is currently working with Dr Jane Stabler in the School of English on a new edition of the complete poetic works of Byron, a volume in the New Directions in Religion and Literature series, a monograph on the levity of Byron’s Don Juan, and another on popular music and radical wonder, entitled The Kitsch Epiphany.

Regular Contributors

Kevin Antlitz received his M.Div. and his Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA, while also completing coursework at Harvard Divinity School and Boston College. He is currently working on his PhD in Systematic Theology at Durham University. His research explores how modern Anglican theologies of the Eucharist might developed by attention to theodrama. He currently serves as a pastor at an Anglican church in Washington, D.C. Prior to this post, Kevin was a chaplain at Princeton University for five years and taught at Gordon College as an adjunct professor.

Ewan Bowlby is a doctoral student at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) in St Andrews, under the supervision of George Corbett (ITIA) and John Swinton (University of Aberdeen). He is researching ways of using popular artworks (novels, films and television series) to design new forms of art therapy which provide emotional, psychological and spiritual care for cancer patients. This involves using fictional narratives, characters and imagery to reflect and reframe patients’ experiences of living with cancer, helping them to understand and articulate the affect of cancer on their lives. I am developing the impact of my research through an ongoing collaboration with several Scottish centres run by the Maggie’s cancer care charity. Other interests include theological engagement with popular culture, the relationship between theology and humour and the use of narrative form for theological expression.