Meet Jason

Jason Lepojärvi studied philosophy, theology, and pedagogics at the University of Helsinki, completing a Ph. D. in 2015. His dissertation explored C. S. Lewis’s theology of love, entitled God is love, but love is not God. His research has also been published broadly in journals, including Harvard Theological ReviewThe Journal of Inklings Studies, and Religious Studies.

President of the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society, Dr. Lepojärvi had the opportunity to meet and engage with a wide range of authorities on C. S. Lewis and the Inklings, scholars and fans alike. He is also a former Research Fellow in Theology at Oxford University, a former Postdoctoral Scholar in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver, and currently Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Laurentian University in Canada. Not only a scholar of C. S. Lewis, Dr. Lepojärvi has broader interests in all of the Inklings, and is a Member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of Inklings Studies. His research interests extend further to the philosophy of love, sex, and gender.

With a father from Lapland and a mother from British Columbia, Jason is a Finnish-Canadian. A world traveler, he has lived in three continents and five countries: England, Finland, Canada, Germany, and Tanzania. He is also married to a lovely Finnish lady and the father of three bilingual children. Jason is no stranger to television, participating as both a contestant on the Finnish “Survivor” and academic host of “Married at First Sight”. In his spare time, Jason enjoys hunting, motorcycles, and martial arts.

The above image shows Dr. Lepojärvi at Magdalen College, Oxford, where C. S. Lewis worked as a tutor for much of his life. Notice the three windows with flowers? They were the windows of Lewis’s office. (Notice the two windows in the image below? They are the windows of Jason’s mother’s kitchen. Photo: Ilkka Kontturi.)

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PAST SPEAKING AND LECTURE ENGAGEMENTS

C. S. Lewis and Inklings Institutions

Danish C. S. Lewis Society
Inklings Institute of Canada
Linlathen Lectures, Ontario, Canada
Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, Illinois, USA
New York C. S. Lewis Society
Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society
Tolkien Society

Academic Institutions

Abilene Christian University, Texas, USA
George Fox University, Oregon, USA
Lakehead University, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada
Mackenzie University, Brasília, Brazil
Regent College, British Columbia, Canada
Seattle Pacific University, Washington, USA
San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada
Theological Institute of Finland, Helsinki, Finland
Thorneloe University, Ontario, Canada
Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada
University of Berkeley, California, USA
University of British Columbia, Canada
University of Heidelberg, Germany
University of Helsinki, Finland
University of Oxford, UK
Vancouver School of Theology, British Columbia, Canada
Wheaton College, Illinois, USA

Other Institutions

Catholic Church in Finland
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Finnish Bible Institute, Kauniainen, Finland
Finnish Canadian Grand Festival, Ontario, Canada
Igreja Presbiteriana do Planalto, Brasília, Brazil
Pentecostal Church of Finland
Oxford Graduate Christian Forum
Saint Anne-de-Pins, Sudbury, Canada
Seminário Servo di Cristo, São Paulo, Brazil
UBC Graduate & Faculty Christian Forum
Women’s Bank, Turku, Finland
19twenty Church, Vancouver, Canada