David Fitch

Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology


Ph.D. Northwestern University (Theological Ethics, Church and Society)
M. A. Northern Baptist Seminary (NT, Theology)
B. A. Wheaton College (Philosophy)

Additional Study

University of Chicago Divinity School (Theological Ethics)
University of Miami (FLA) Graduate School of Economics (International Economics)


David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He is also  the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community- a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He coaches a network of church plants in the C&MA linked to Life on the Vine. He writes on the issues the local church must face in Mission including cultural engagement, leadership and theology and has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings and conferences.

Works Publsihed

Dr. Fitch is the author of numerous articles in periodicals such as Christianity TodayThe Other JournalMissiology as well as various academic journals.

He is the author of The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from American Business, Para-Church Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism and Other Modern MaladiesThe End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission and mostly recently Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier with co-author Geoff Holsclaw.

Research Interests

  • Character and Virtue Ethics
  • Theological Ethics (History of)
  • Church and Society (History of)
  • Postmodern and Post Liberal Christian Thought
  • Moral development (Moral Education)
  • General History of Philosophy
  • General History of Theology
  • Christian Sexual Ethics
  • Ethics and Education (esp. Philosophy of Education)

Speaking Schedule

Sept 27, 2012 

Great Rivers American Baptist Ministers Conference, Peoria IL

Sept 28-29 2012 

SENT-tralized Conference Kansas City MO

Faculty Profile


David Fitch

Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology

  • dfitch@faculty.seminary.edu
  • 630-620-2124
  • Lombard Campus Office 106
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