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. In recent years, I’ve primarily written about Pietism, with my newest book, The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity, due out this September from InterVarsity Press. I’m particularly interested in Pietist models of higher education; in 2015 I edited a book on that topic for IVP Academic. Then I’m just getting started on a new project: a spiritual (but not religious) biography of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.
I live in Roseville, MN with my wife and two children and attend Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton, MN.