Rev. Dr. James E. Bruce, Associate Pastor

Rev. Dr. James E. Bruce was ordained in Covenant’s sanctuary in October 2018 to serve as our assistant pastor. Now our associate pastor, Jay enjoys preaching and teaching; welcoming guests and spending time with people in the church; and talking about and reading almost anything. And he really likes to laugh! Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jay had a New England boyhood before moving to Texas while still in elementary school. Jay studied engineering sciences and English at Dartmouth College (A.B), theology at the University of Oxford (B.A., M.A.), and philosophy at Baylor University (M.A., Ph.D.).

Jay is a professor of philosophy at John Brown University and the inaugural director of the Center for Faith and Flourishing. His first book, Rights in the Law, explores the relationship between God’s free choices and morality in the thought of Francis Turretin (1623–1787). Jay is currently at work on what feels like a never-ending book project exploring the relationship of Christianity, justice, and equality.

But you don’t have to buy anything to read some of what he’s written: Jay has contributed to Acton CommentaryThe Aquila ReportLaw & LibertyThe Gospel CoalitionWORLD magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Though he doesn’t own a television, he has succumbed to the lure of social media. You can follow him on Twitter @JamesEBruce. He also blogs, very occasionally, at

Jay has been married to his wonderful wife, Kathryn, since 2003, and together they have the privilege of raising Lydia Jane, Thomas, Matthew, and Philip.

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