Joel J Heim

Joel J. Heim was born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Nebraska.  Upon graduation he taught high school social studies and ran a highly successful high school debate program in Omaha, Nebraska.  From high school though his time as a high school teacher, he was interested peace issues and involved himself in peace organizations.

Professor Joel Heim

After a summer church delegation trip to war-torn Nicaragua, he decided that he needed to leave teaching and go the seminary in order to make a larger impact on the world.  Despite having never lived outside of Nebraska he decided to attend the world-renowned Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  He received a Master of Divinity degree from Union with his master’s thesis entitled Violence and Nonviolence: Latin American Liberation Theology's Challenge to North American Pacifism.

​Joel then moved from the east coast to the west coast where he enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Southern California.  He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Religion and Social Ethics from USC where his studies focused on peaceful ways to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.  His dissertation is entitled An Ethic of Nuclear Nonproliferation: Steps Toward a Nonnuclear World.  The dissertation was selected for inclusion by the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

​Joel has taught in religion, philosophy and graduate education programs at universities in California, Illinois and Wisconsin.

​He is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), having served churches in New York, California and Wisconsin.  He has also served as national moderator (president) of Disciples Peace Fellowship.  He leads church workshops on sexual ethics and the welcoming of gays, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people into the life of the church.

​If you would like to learn more about Joel, his complete curriculum vitae is available here.

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