Gregory S. Clapper

Affiliate Professor of United Methodist Studies

Phone: (317) 931-2350


Dr. Greg Clapper serves as Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Indianapolis. His teaching interests include Systematic Theology; Christian Spiritual Formation; Wesleyan Studies; Historical Theology, especially the thought of: Augustine, Edwards, Wesley, Schleiermacher and Kierkegaard; Character Ethics; Philosophy of Religion; Christian Political Thought.

After studying philosophy and psychology as an undergraduate and Masters degree student, Clapper received his M.Div. degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Ph.D. degree from Emory University.  His dissertation, directed by Don E. Saliers, was entitled "John Wesley on Religious Affections."

Clapper has also served as Associate Professor in the Chapman-Benson Chair of Christian Faith and Philosophy, Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama, and as Senior Minister of Trinity United Methodist Church, Waverly, IA.

Professional Publications include numerous journal articles and three books: When the World Breaks Your Heart: Spiritual Ways of Living With Tragedy (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 1999), As If the Heart Mattered: A Wesleyan Spirituality (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 1997), and John Wesley on Religious Affections: His Views on Experience and Emotion and Their Role in the Christian Life and Theology (Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1989).