My name’s Chris Gehrz. I’m professor 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 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, and am currently working on The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity, coming out this September from InterVarsity Press. I’m especially interested in Pietist models of higher education; last year I edited a book on this topic for 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.
I live in Roseville, MN with my wife and two children and attend Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton, MN.