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.)
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, now available 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.
I also have two new books coming: a devotional called Faith and History (late 2020, Baylor University Press) and a biography for Eerdmans, Flying Solo: The Spiritual Life of Charles Lindbergh (coming in 2021).
I live in Roseville, MN with my wife and two children. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. I also write every Tuesday at the Patheos Evangelical history blog, The Anxious Bench.