Peter J. Bellini

Associate Professor of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair
Director of Non-Degree Programs

Teaching and Research
Peter is the Associate Professor of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair and the Director of Non-Degree Programs. He teaches in the areas of Church Renewal, Global Charismatic Studies, Missiology, Evangelism, Intercultural and Interreligious Encounter, and Urban Studies. His interest is in the intersection of pneumatology and holiness, including themes such as Trinitarian mission theology and theosis; the theology, history and practices of renewal movements (Methodism, the Holiness movement, the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement, and the Global Renewalist movement of today); the practical theology of prayer, healing, deliverance, discipleship and leadership development; and the missiology of praeparatio evangelica through philosophical theology and other sapiential traditions. He also does interdisciplinary research in theology and the cognitive sciences (Philosophy of Mind, CBT, Neuropsychology and Neuroscience).

B.A., The Ohio State University (1987)

Graduate Studies, The Ohio State University (1987-88, 1991)

M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary (2000)

Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary (2008)

Peter is an ordained Elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served in urban ministry for over 25 years. He has been a leader in every facet of ministry, including new church starts, church turnarounds, mergers, local church renewal, discipleship and leadership training, inner city and global missions and several marketplace ministries. He has also served and taught on several continents, including Europe, Africa and Asia.

Truth Therapy: Renewing Your Mind with the Word of God, Xulon, 2010.

Participation: Epistemology and Mission Theology, Emeth, 2011.

Truth Therapy: Expanded Edition. Wipf and Stock, 2015.

“Mental Health and the Christian Life,” in A Noble Mind: Expanding Worldview through Social Issues, edited by Terry Swan and Curtis Lee Jr., Guardian Books, 2016.

Personal Life
Pete is married to Mariuccia Bellini. They have two adult children Pietro Aaronne and Paola Arianna. In his free time, Pete is a heavyweight boxer and a powerlifter.