Chris Gehrz

Chris Gehrz
Visiting Oxford, England in 2012

Professor of History and Faculty President (2018-2019)

Educational Background

A.B., College of William and Mary
M.A., M.Phil., and PhD, Yale University

Courses Taught

Research Interests

Chris has written or edited three books on the history of Pietism, Bethel’s founding religious tradition: The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity (IVP Academic, 2017); The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons (IVP Academic, 2015); and The Pietist Impulse in Christianity (Wipf & Stock, 2011).

Chris’ other teaching and research interests cluster around the international history of the 20th century, particularly war, diplomacy, and religion. He is currently working on a “spiritual, but not religious” biography of Charles A. Lindbergh (under contract with Eerdmans). In 2014-2015, he and Bethel student Fletcher Warren collaborated on Bethel at War, 1914-2014: A Digital History of a Christian College in Wartime.


Chris is a past winner of the Bethel Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching (2009). He blogs regularly at The Pietist Schoolman and The Anxious Bench

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