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Professor of History
Phone: 905.648.2139 Ext 4287
Fax: 905.648.2134
Office: 208D
Email: jpayton@redeemer.ca

Courses taught:
HIS 107   History of Eastern Europe
HIS 261   The Byzantine World
HIS 262   Islam in Europe
HIS/REL 315   Church History I
HIS/REL 316   Church History II
HIS 363   The Balkans
HIS/REL 365   Intellectual History of Eastern Orthodoxy 
HIS 367   Ukraine: History and Culture



Ph.D. (1982), History, University of Waterloo
Dissertation: "Sola scriptura and Church History: The Views of Bucer and Melanchthon on Religious Authority in 1539."
Th.M. (1975), Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

Dissertation: "The Influence of Martin Bucer Upon the Development of Puritan Postmillennialism."

M.Div. (1975), Westminster Theological Seminary

M.A. (1971), Theology, Bob Jones University

B.A. (1969), Religion, Bob Jones University

  • History of Eastern Europe
  • Patristics
  • Church History
  • Eastern Orthodoxy


A Patristic Treasury: Readings from the Church Fathers (Chesterton, Indiana: Ancient Faith Publishing, 2013).
Irenaeus on the Christian Faith: A Condensation of "Against Heresies." Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2011. 
Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2010.
Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2007; 2nd printing, 2009.
  • Asian edition, for sale in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Kuwait (India: Authentic Media, 2009).
  • Romanian language edition – Bucharest: Associated League for Education and Philanthropy (2012).
How Eastern Europe Got That Way: What Happened – a treatment of Eastern European history (247 pages). [Manuscript completed, seeking publisher]
“Reading Orthodox Spirituality,” Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics: A Guide for Evangelicals, ed. Jamie Goggin and Kyle Strobel (InterVarsity Academic, 2013), pp. 131-147.

“Eastern Orthodoxy in the 21st Century: Historic Faith, New Circumstances,” Christian Thought for the 21st Century: Agenda for the Future, ed. Douglas Shantz and Tinu Ruparell (University of Calgary Press, 2012), pp. 52-57.
"Religion, Nationalism, and National Identities," in Ines Murzaku, ed., Quo Vadis Eastern Europe? Religion, State and Society after Communism (Bologna: University of Bologna Press, 2009).
"Toward a Russian Orthodox Worldview for Post-Soviet Society," in Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Europe, ed. Jonathan Sutton and Wil van den Bercken, Eastern Christian Studies 3 (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2003), 299-318.
"Drawn Eastward: The Attraction of Eastern Orthodoxy for Western Christians," in The Practical Calvinist: An Introduction to the Presbyterian and Reformed Heritage, ed. Peter Lillback (Fearn, Ross-shire, Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications, 2002), 53-67.
"Toward an Orthodox Approach to Higher Education in 21st-Century Russia," (in Russian [pp. 53-57] and in English [pp. 57-66], in Higher Education in XXI Century Russian Culture: A Christian Perspective (St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg School of Religion and Philosophy, 2000).
"Toward an Orthodox Worldview for the Third Millennium" (in Russian), in Man and the Christian Worldview: Conceptualizing the Normal and Abnormal in Medicine, Science and Society (in Russian). (Simferopol, Ukraine, 1999), 95-106.

(Co-authored with Paul Mojzes): “Ohrid 2010: The Second World Conference on Inter-religious and Inter-civilization Dialogue,” Religion in Eastern Europe 30/4 (2011):39-45.

"Calvin and Eastern Europe: What Happened?", Religion in Eastern Europe 30/2 (2010): 10-19.
"An Orthodox Worldview for Life in the 21st Century," Teološki Časopis [Journal of the Protestant Theological Faculty, Novi Sad, Serbia] 9 (2009): 183-192.
"Ottoman Millet, Religious Nationalism, and Civil Society: Focus on Kosovo," Religion in Eastern Europe 26, No. 1 (2006):11-23. 
"Advice from St. Maximos Confessor for Contemporary Macedonians," Religion in Eastern Europe 24 (2004, No. 5):1-14. (Also published in Albanian and in Macedonian versions as chapters in volumes published by Ecumenical Press [Philadelphia] in 2004.) 
"The Influence of the Reformation on the History of Ukraine," Journal of Ukrainian Studies 28 (2003):105-117.
"Recent Developments in the Balkans: Summary and Comment," Religion in Eastern Europe 22 (2002, No. 2):37-46.
"Religion and the Historiography of Eastern Europe," Religion in Eastern Europe 21 (2001, No. 2):1-16.
"Bypassing the History of Eastern Europe: A Failure of Twentieth Century Christian Scholarship," Christian Scholar's Review 29 (2000):713-730.
"Revisioning the Historiography of Eastern Europe," Fides & Historia 31 (1999):77-89.

  • Guest Professor in Ecumenics – Evangelical Theological Seminary, Osijek, Croatia, 2009, 2007.
  • Guest Professor in Patristics – Matthias Flacius Illyricus Faculty of Theology, Zagreb, Croatia, 2008.
  • Adjunct Professor of History of Christianity – McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, 2000-2006. 
  • Adjunct Professor of Orthodox Doctrine and Spirituality – St. Stephen's College, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 2000-2002.


  • Appointed ARIHE Lecturer for 2009-2010, to give invited lectures in honor of the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (ARIHE = Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies (produced through Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania), 2009-present.
  • President, CAREE (Christians Associated for Relationships with Eastern Europe), 2006-2011. (Executive Secretary, 1998-2006.)
  • Christian Co-Chair (2008-2011), National Muslim/Christian Liaison Committee.