Ron Sider

President Emeritus

Dr. Sider is a respected and passionate advocate of holistic biblical faith in the Christian world. After graduating in the late ’60s with an MDiv and Ph.D. in history from Yale, Ron expected to teach early modern European history on secular university campuses, but faced with the glaring needs and blatant injustice of the inner city, he began to work toward developing a biblical response to social injustice. In 1973 he organized the Thanksgiving Workshop on Evangelical Social Concern. It was this conference that issued the now historic “Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern.”

In 1977, Ron’s ground-breaking book, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger was published. Hailed by Christianity Today as one of the one hundred most influential books in religion in the twentieth century, Rich Christians has sold over 400,000 copies. 1978 also saw the formal creation of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), a movement that continues to shape and influence North American Christian thinking on issues of biblical justice, holistic mission, and basic Christianity. Sider has published more than 30 books and has written more than 100 articles in both religious and secular magazines on a variety of topics including the importance of caring for creation as part of our biblical discipleship. He is a founding board member of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment. Ron is Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry & Public Policy at Palmer Seminary of Eastern University and Director of the seminary’s Sider Center on Ministry & Public Policy. He is the father of three and lives in Philadelphia’s Germantown section with his wife Arbutus.