Dr. Andrew Klager was born in Abbotsford, BC, but has lived in a number of towns and cities in BC, Ontario, and Alberta during his childhood. He has called the Fraser Valley home since he started his BA in Biblical Studies at Columbia Bible College in 1999, save for a brief interlude in Hamilton, ON when he spent a year completing the coursework of his MA in Christian Studies that he earned from McMaster Divinity College in 2006. Here, his focus was on patristics and the philosophy and theology of St. Gregory of Nyssa in particular. His interest in 16th-century Anabaptism led him to complete his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2011 where he studied the Reformation period of Christian history under Ian Hazlett and wrote his dissertation on Balthasar Hubmaier called ‘Truth is Immortal’: Balthasar Hubmaier (c.1480–1528) and the Church Fathers.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Catholic Pacific College, Andrew also teaches on Christian history, Western civilization, peace and conflict studies, Catholicism in early modern Europe, and historical theology and philosophy for Trinity Western University, the University of the Fraser Valley, Rocky Mountain College, St. Stephen’s University, and occasionally for Simon Fraser University. He has made presentations at conferences, symposiums, and interfaith dialogues across North America and is widely published in a number of books and peer reviewed journals on a variety of research fields ranging from the history of Christianity, Eastern Orthodox theology and asceticism, peace and conflict studies, interreligious peacebuilding especially in Egypt and the Middle East, and peace theology.
Andrew’s book, From Suffering to Solidarity: The Historical Seeds of Mennonite Interreligious, Interethnic, and International Peacebuilding (Pickwick) was published in the fall of 2015, and he is working on two new books, Why the Creeds Matter: Gregory of Nyssa on the Iconic Function of Christological and Trinitarian Theology (St Macrina Press) and Anabaptism and the Church Fathers: Balthasar Hubmaier’s (c.1480–1528) Use of Patristic Literature (Herald Press). He has also written for Egypt Independent (Al-Masry Al-Youm) and currently writes regularly for the Huffington Post and Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice, and he is on the Advisory Council of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.
Andrew was brought into communion with the Eastern Orthodox Church through chrismation in 2008 and attends Holy Apostles Orthodox parish in Chilliwack, BC. He has been married for 14 years and has four wonderful children.