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 sports to war. (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.)
But much as I love teaching, I also enjoy writing for wider audiences. After writing for six years at the Patheos history blog, The Anxious Bench, I now write a newsletter at Substack that comes out four times a week. My most recent books are Charles Lindbergh: A Religious Biography of America’s Most Infamous Pilot (Eerdmans, 2021) and Faith and History (Baylor University Press, 2020), a devotional I edited with Beth Allison Barr.
That devotional is one example of how I try to use my gifts and training as a historian to serve the church. In addition, I’ve written or edited three books about the Christian renewal movement known as Pietism, including my book with Evangelical Covenant pastor Mark Pattie, The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity (IVP Academic, 2017). I’m also a regular speaker at churches and Christian colleges; email me if you’d like to schedule a talk or class.
Finally, my experience leading travel courses with undergraduates got me interested in doing something similar with other ages. My Pietist Schoolman Travel company offers occasional historical tours of Europe — including one in June 2023 on “Christianity and German Culture.”