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 ReviewPolitics and ReligionThe Journal of Inklings Studies, and Religious Studies. In a more popular vein, his Essays on Love (in Finnish, Perjantailahja, 2021) is a study of love in literature and in our everyday relations. You can also find Dr. Lepojärvi on YouTube here.

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 has served as a Junior Research Fellow in Theology at Oxford University, a Postdoctoral Scholar in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver, an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Thorneloe University at Laurentian in Canada, and a Lecturer in Theology and Literature at The Davenant Institute. Presently he works as the C.S. Lewis Associate Professor of Theology and Literature at George Fox University in Oregon and serves as the Managing Editor of Sehnsucht: The C.S. Lewis Journal. Not only a scholar of C.S. Lewis, Dr. Lepojärvi has broader interests in all of the Inklings and 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 six countries: England, Finland, Canada, the United States, 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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C.S. Lewis and Inklings Institutions

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

Academic Institutions 

Abilene Christian University, Texas, USA
Cuyahoga Community College, Tri-C, Ohio, USA
Davenant Institute, USA
George Fox University, Oregon, USA
Hillsdale College, Michigan, USA
Lakehead University, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada
Mackenzie University, Brasília, Brazil
Marlborough College, Marlborough, UK
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

American Academy of Religion
Catholic Church in Finland
Christian Legal Society, USA
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Finnish Biblical Institute, Kauniainen, Finland
Igreja Presbiteriana do Planalto, Brasília, Brazil
Linlathen Lectures, Ontario, Canada
Oxford Graduate Christian Forum
Pentecostal Church of Finland
Saint Anne-de-Pins, Sudbury, Canada
Seminário Servo di Cristo, São Paulo, Brazil
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Thunder Bay, Canada
UBC Graduate & Faculty Christian Forum
Women’s Bank, Turku, Finland
19twenty Church, Vancouver, Canada