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Theology, Ethics, and Church History


Associate Professor of Church History



BS, Olivet Nazarene University, 1978
MS, University of Kansas, 1985
MA, Denver Seminary, 1991
PhD, University of Chicago-Divinity School, 2001


Church history is my field of study and a source of inspiration in my walk of faith.  I enjoy learning new insights with my students and putting those insights to work in life, witness, and mission today.  This is what it means to receive and pass on the Great Tradition, and I am grateful to be part of that project at Trinity.



  • “Englishing the Scriptures and Evangelizing the Nation: The Theology of Translation in the King James Bible,” Trinity Journal for Theology & Ministry [forthcoming: Fall 2013].
  • “Getting to Know Him,” Christianity Today (September 2012).
  • “Fresh Expressions in Church History,” in Michael Moynagh, Church for Every Context. An Introduction to Theology and Practice (SCM Press, 2012).
  • Dictionary of Early American Philosophers (Continuum Press, 2012): article on Asa Mahan
  • “Introduction,” in Philip E. Harrold and D. H. Williams, eds., The Great Tradition—A Great Labor (Cascade Books, 2011).
  • “The ‘New Monasticism’ as Ancient-Future Belonging: Imagination and Memory in the Emerging Church,” Theology Today (July 2010).
  • “Rodgers and Rogers on the Unity of Scripture,” Trinity Journal for Theology & Ministry, (Spring 2010).
  • “Richard Hooker’s Hermeneutic and the ‘Precious Gifts of God,” Trinity Journal for Theology & Ministry (Spring 2009).
  • “The Ancient Wisdom of Catechumenate with Some Anglican Echoes in Cranmer,” Trinity Journal for Theology & Ministry (Fall 2009).
  • “Ancient Wisdom—Anglican Futures: An Emerging Conversation at Trinity,” Seed & Harvest (January-February 2009).
  • “Stealing Past the Watchful Dragons: C. S. Lewis’s Incarnational Aesthetics and Today’s Emerging Imagination,” in Lion and Logos: The Life, Times, and Works of C. S. Lewis, ed. Bruce Edwards (Praeger Publishers, 2007).
  • ‘A Place Somewhat Apart’: The Private Worlds of a Late Nineteenth-Century Public University, Princeton Monograph Series (Wipf & Stock, 2006).
  • Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America , ed. Michael J. McClymond (Greenwood Press, 2007): article on deconversion and revivalism.
  • “Deconversion in the Emerging Church,” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church (Spring 2006).
  • “Conversion and the Ecology of Faith,” Books & Culture (March/April 2006).
  • “A Transitional Period in Belief: Deconversion and the Decline of Campus Revivals in the 1870s,”in Embodying the Spirit: Dimensions of North American Revivalism , Michael McClymond, ed.,(The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004).
  • “‘A Mess of Pottage’: The Debate Over Religious Pluralism at the University of Michigan, 1944-1948,” The Michigan Historical Review (Fall 1998).
  • “’Alexander Winchell’s Science with a Soul’: Piety, Profession, and the Perils of Nineteenth-Century Popular Science,” Methodist History (January 1998).

 (I also review books for Pro Ecclesia and Books & Culture).

Research Interests:

I am presently writing a book on the history of Christian catechesis entitled Habitus: Ancient Wisdom for the Christian Way of Life [Cascade Press, forthcoming] and researching 18th-century English evangelical understandings of the doctrine of union with Christ. Several articles and speaking opportunities related to these topics are in the works for the coming year

Speaking Topics:

–“Alexander Winchell and the Theory of Preadamism: A Case Study in Late Nineteenth-Century Scientific Racism,” (from M.A. Thesis) presented at the Regional Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Scientific Affiliation, Morrison, Colorado, 1991.

–“Evolutionary Implications of Augustine’s Cosmology,” Regional Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Scientific Affiliation, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1990.

–“How to Be Religious and Modern: Case Studies of Religious Deconversion in a Midwestern Academic Community, 1870-1900,” American Society of Church History, Spring Meeting, Tallahassee, Florida, 1998.

–“Memories of College Revivals in Modernist Deconversion Narratives,” American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, 2000.

–“Devotion to a Larger Whole”: Translations of Religious Habitus in Early Protestant Modernism,” American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, 2000.

–“’A Great Antagonism’: The Conflict between Faith and Learning in Student Cultures of American Universities in the Late Nineteenth century,” Christianity & the Soul of the University Conference, Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning and the Council of Christian Scholarly Societies, Baylor University, 25-27 March 2004.

–“Sentiment, Sympathy, and Spirituality in an Early Pragmatist Academic Community,” Midwest American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago, 9 April, 2005.

–“Smuggling for God: What the Emerging Church Movement Can Learn from C. S. Lewis’s Incarnational Aesthetic,” C. S. Lewis Summer Institute, 2-6 August, 2005, Cambridge University.

–“Varieties of ‘Turning From’: Modernist Deconversion Narratives in a Midwestern Academic Community,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, November, 2005.

–“The Sympathetic Imagination: Healing the Wounds of Individualism in the Incarnational Aesthetics of C. S. Lewis,” Frances White Ewbank Colloquium: C. S. Lewis and Friends, Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, 1-4 June 2006.

–“The Didache as Corollary Apologetic: Ancient-Future Reflections on Today’s Presented: Missional Church,” Ancient Faith for the Church’s Future Conference, Wheaton, Illinois, April 2007.

–Presenter, “The ‘New Monasticism’ as Ancient-Future Belonging: Imagination and Memory in the Emerging Church.” American Academy of Religion—Chicago, November 2008.

–Retreat leader with Martha Giltinan, Parish Retreat: “Lively Faith: The Three Dimensions of Anglican Spirituality,” St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron, Ohio, 30-31 October 2009.

–Speaker, “Anglican Catechesis in a Mission-Shaped Church: Implications for the Anglican 1000 Church-Planting Vision,” Church Planting Roundtable, Trinity School for Ministry, 17-19 June 2010.

–Workshop speaker, “Fresh Expressions: Church Plants in England, Yesterday and Today,” New Wineskins Conference, 8-11 April 2010 [and forthcoming 5 April 2013].

–Guest lecturer, “Fresh Expressions—An Introduction,” 40th Annual Diocesan Convention, Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota, Bismarck, North Dakota, 29-30 October 2010.

–Guest lecturer, “Englishing the Scriptures and Evangelizing the Nation: The Theology of Translation in the King James Bible,” Fourteenth Annual St. Andrew’s Lecture, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, PA, 11 November 2011.

–Visiting lecturer, “Fresh Expressions in Church History,” Cambridge Federation Intensive Course, Cambridge University, U.K., 14-16 January 2013.

–Guest lecturer, Anglican Studies Program-Anglican History Intensive, Rocky Mountain Network of the Anglican Mission in America, Denver, Colorado, 10-11 August 2012.

–Presenter, “Amazing Grace, Spiritual Apprehension, and Peacemaking in the Evangelical Spirituality of John Newton,” Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality Conference,” University of Notre Dame, Indiana [forthcoming: 29 June – 2 July, 2013).