My name’s Chris Gehrz. I’m professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where I also help direct the Christianity and Western Culture program. While my training is in the history of international relations and 20th century Europe, I teach about everything from human rights to the Reformations. (One of the virtues of teaching in a smaller department in a smaller university. See more on my educational background and what I teach at the “About Me” page on our department blog.)
Like my teaching portfolio (in large part, because of it), my scholarly interests have also become rather eclectic. Primarily, I research and write about Pietism (I’m co-editor of The Pietist Impulse in Christianity, published by Wipf & Stock), in particular Pietist models of higher education (I’ve edited a book on this topic, published earlier this year by IVP Academic). Meanwhile, developing courses on the two World Wars has sparked an interest in the commemoration of such conflicts; you’ll find posts on that topic here, but also at my photoblog, Memento belli.