About Esau

Scholar, Author, Speaker

The Rev. Canon Esau McCaulley, PhD has served in many professional and cultural contexts throughout his ministerial career and theological study. These include being pastor at All Souls Episcopal/Anglican Church in Okinawa, Japan, assistant to the pastor, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, VA, and assisting priest at All Saints Episcopal Church in St. Andrews, Scotland. He completed his Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of St Andrews where he studied under the direction of N.T. Wright. His research and writing focuses on Pauline theology and the intersection of race, Christian identity,  and the pursuit of social justice.

His doctoral dissertation, called Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance, was published by T & T Clark. Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance focuses on the role Jewish messianism played in Paul’s argument that Jesus has made believers heirs in the Messiah to the Abrahamic promises in Galatians. His second book Reading While Black (Nov 2020 release) through Intervarsity Academic press. Reading While Black looks at the tradition of African American biblical interpretation and argues that the Bible rightly understood and read from a decidedly black perspective can speak a word of hope to African Americans in the United States. He is also the editor of a forthcoming multi-ethnic commentary called the New Testament in Color (Also under contract by IVP academic). It gathers a diverse group of scholars committed to the great tradition who can address the relevance of biblical texts to their communities. Alongside these more academic works, he also writes popular pieces for numerous outlets including Christianity Today and the Witness: A Black Christian Collective. He is also the host of a brand new podcast called The Disrupters Podcast. The Disrupters is a podcast collaboration between Intervarsity Press and CT Creative Studio.

Dr. McCaulley, currently, serves as assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He is one of the co-founders of Call and Response Ministries – an organization dedicated to creating events and materials that equip black Christian leaders and those who support them for effective ministry. Canon McCaulley is also the director of Next Generation Leadership for the ACNA (Anglican Church in North America) a province wide initiative committed to raising up and training the next generation of Anglican clergy and lay leadership. He is married to Mandy, a pediatrician and a navy reservist. Together, they have four wonderful children.