John Shelby Spong was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2001. He is a teaching bishop who makes contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary layperson. He is considered the champion of an inclusive faith by many, both inside and outside the Christian church.
A visiting lecturer at Harvard and at universities and churches worldwide, Bishop Spong delivers more than 200 public lectures each year to standing-room-only crowds. His extensive media appearances include a profile segment on 60 Minutes as well as appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News Live, Politically Incorrect, Larry King Live, The O’Reilly Factor, William F. Buckley’s Firing Line, and Extra.
Bishop Spong and his wife, Christine Mary Spong, have five children and six grandchildren. They live in New Jersey.
- Creative but practical re-imaginings of traditional Christian doctrine
- Progressive views within the church on contemporary social issues
- A call for a "new reformation" of Christianity