Stephen Charles Mott

Title: 
Retired, formerly Professor of Christian Social Ethics
Religious Affiliation: 
United Methodist
Institution: 
Retired, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Stephen Charles Mott, author of Biblical Ethics and Social Change (Oxford U., 1982) and A Christian Perspective on Political Thought (Oxford U., 1993), is now retired.  He was Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for twenty-five years and for ten years pastored Cochesett United Methodist Church in West Bridgewater, MA.  He is a part-time volunteer organizer with Essex County Community Organization.  He is President of the James Luther Adams Foundation and is on the Leadership Team of Christians Supporting Community Organizing.  He received his Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University in 1972.

Stephen Charles Mott is a retired ordained minister of New England Annual Conference, United Methodist Church.  Previously he had been Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he taught for twenty-five years, and then for ten years he was pastor of the Cochesett United Methodist church in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Dr. Mott is one of the few scholars who works substantially in both biblical studies and social ethics.  His book, Biblical Ethics and Social Change, has been used as a text in over 100 university and seminary courses.  His more recent book, A Christian Perspective on Political Thought, reflects his scholarly interest in political, economic, and status issues.  Dr. Mott has been a key figure in the modern resurgence of Evangelical social concern.  He was one of the drafters of the Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern in 1973.  

In the United Methodist Church, he has been active in the New England Annual Conference, including chairing the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Church and Society Committee.   He currently co-chairs the Probationary Care Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry.   For fifteen years he wrote the column, "From the Word," in Christian Social Action, published by the General Board of Church and Society.  He is a part-time volunteer organizer with Essex County Community Organization.

He has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and is President of the James Luther Adams Foundation, which supports the work of his late mentor in social ethics.

He is on the Leadership Team of Christians Supporting Community Organizing.  He is a member of the Strategy and Action Commission of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.  At Gordon-Conwell he developed the social ethics curriculum and chaired the development of the Urban Year program in Boston.

His father was a Protestant minister who served in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and in the hills of Kentucky.  He did his undergraduate and seminary work at Wheaton College in Illinois and received his Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University.

His wife, Dr. Sandy Mott, is a professor in the School of Nursing of Boston College.  They have three children.