portrait of Dr. Peter Bellini

Peter J. Bellini

Professor of Church Renewal and Evangelization in the Heisel Chair at United Theological Seminary

Director of Non-Degree Programs


Pete teaches in the areas of Church Renewal, Global Charismatic Studies, Missiology, Evangelism, Intercultural and Interreligious Encounter, Urban Studies, Pastoral Care, Counseling, and Philosophy. His interest is in Trinitarian theology and applied pneumatology, including the intersection of pneumatology and holiness, the theology, history and practices of renewal movements (Methodism, the Holiness movement, the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement and the Global Renewalist movement of today, specifically in terms of power evangelism); the practical theology of prayer, healing and mental health, deliverance, discipleship and leadership development; and the intersection of theology, philosophy, and the sciences.



BA, The Ohio State University (1987)

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

MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary (2000)

PhD, Asbury Theological Seminary (2008)



Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and the Image of God, Wipf and Stock, 2023.

The X-Manual: Exousia—A Comprehensive Handbook on Deliverance and Exorcism, Wipf and Stock, 2022.

The Cerulean Soul: A Relational Theology of Depression, Baylor University Press, 2021.

Unleashed: The C1-13 Integrative Deliverance Needs Assessment. Wipf and Stock, 2018.

“Origins and Early Development of Missio Dei: A Missional Hermeneutic for Today,” Missio Dei in the United States, Abingdon, 2018.

“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.

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

“The Processio-Missio Connection: A Starting Point in Missio Trinitatis, in WTJ, 2014.

Participation: Epistemology and Mission Theology, Emeth, 2011.

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



Pete is an ordained Elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served in ministry for nearly 35 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 throughout the world in several countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.



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

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