JOEL THIESSEN, PhD
Professor of Sociology & Director of Flourishing Congregations Institute
I am a sociologist of religion. My research interests include religion in Canada, Christianity, congregations, religious nones, millennials, and qualitative methods. I have authored four books: The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Perspective (with Lorne Dawson, 2014); The Meaning of Sunday: The Practice of Belief in a Secular Age (2015); The Millennial Mosaic: How Pluralism and Choice are Shaping Canadian Youth and the Future of Canada (with Reginald Bibby and Monetta Bailey – will be released in July 2019); and None of the Above: Non-Religious Identity in the U.S. and Canada (with Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme – will be released in 2020).
My academic interests developed as an undergraduate student at Nazarene University College. I obtained my MA and PhD at the University of Waterloo before heading to Ambrose University (Calgary, Alberta) in 2008 where I currently serve as Professor of Sociology and Director of the Flourishing Congregations Institute.
I am married to Helen and we have a dog, Shadow. I am an avid sports fan, and a drummer, and I enjoy reading biographies, traveling, and exercising.