Ted Lewis

Ted is the founder and coordinator of the Restorative Church project. He now lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

After being introduced to restorative justice through Mennonite Central Committee workers on Pine Ridge Reservation in the early 90s, Ted has worked in the fields of restorative justice and conflict resolution in Kansas, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. His area of specialty is facilitation and training for victim offender conferencing.

He now works as a restorative consultant and trainer for the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking (University of Minnesota, Duluth), helping new programs nationwide to get established. As an adjunct teacher, he has taught restorative justice courses at University of Minnesota Duluth and Bethel University. Since 2014 he has served on the Advisory Council and Executive Committee for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.

In 2003, Ted expanded his restorative facilitation work into the realm of church communities, developing workshops and providing reconciliation services in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference. He currently serves on the Conflict Management Support Team for Central Plains Mennonite Conference. Since 1998 he has been a regular contributor of articles for the Mennonite magazine on themes of communication and conflict for church audiences; he also writes book reviews for Mennonite World Review. In 2013, Ted launched his restorativetrainer.com website which features several blog series on biblical narratives and restorative themes.

In 2016 Ted founded the Agape Peace Center in Duluth, MN, which is a ministry initiative of Central Plains Mennonite Conference. That same year, the seeds for the Restorative Church project were planted in conversation with Chris Marshall from New Zealand.  Read more about how things developed.

View a listing of Workshops and Trainings led by Ted Lewis 

View two samples of Ted’s powerpoint presentations: (available by request)

  • Biblical Foundations for Bridge-Building Styles of Communication
  • Rene Girard and God’s Restorative Justice

While Ted’s vocational calling is rooted in restorative justice, he also works as…

Education:     

  • University of Minnesota (MA in Religious Studies with conflict focus) 1991
  • Bethel University, MN (BA in Biblical and Theological Studies) 1983

Recent 2020 Article by Ted Lewis: Francis Schaeffer and Peacemaking Dialogue Article

Full title: “Bridge-Building Conversations: Common Elements in Relational Peacemaking and Francis Schaeffer’s Apologetic Ministry”

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View these blog series by Ted Lewis on biblical narratives and restorative themes:  

Each series has 5 parts, however, Part 1 will be at the bottom of page.