The Pietist Schoolman

The website and blog of historian Chris Gehrz

Speaking Schedule

If you’re interested in having me speak to your church, college, or other group, send me an e-mail.

Coming Up…

September 24 – October 29, 2017

“The Reformation at 500,” six-week adult Sunday School course, Calvary Church, Roseville, MN

October 10, 2017

Launch party (7pm) for The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity Salem Covenant Church, New Brighton, MN

December 10, 2017

Teaching at Excelsior (MN) Covenant Church

January 28, 2018

Teaching and preaching at Rice Creek Covenant Church, Lino Lakes, MN

Photo of Chris speaking in Oct. 2015
Photo courtesy of Steven Tiggemann, Salem Covenant Church – Duluth, MN

Recent Speaking Engagements

September 11-12, 2017

Faculty Retreat, Seattle Pacific University

June 2017

“#Reformation500,” four-week adult Sunday School course, Elim Church, Minneapolis, MN

April 29, 2017

The Three Journeys of the Liberal Arts,” keynote address to Honors Symposium, Crown College, St. Bonifacius, MN

April 22, 2017

“Historians and Their Publics,” 2017 Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium, University of Northwestern-St. Paul

April 20, 2017

“Lest We Forget: WWI Memorials,” New Ulm (MN) Public Library

March 23, 2017

Teaching as an Act of Wonder” (with Jay Rasmussen, Joey Horstman, and Sara Shady), Bethel University Library

February 21-22, 2017

The Pietist Option for (Current and Former) Evangelicals” (public lecture — click for video) and “Teaching within the Pietist Tradition” (faculty discussion), North Park University, Chicago, IL

February 2017

“20th Century Wars and the Church,” Salem Covenant Church, New Brighton, MN

December 4, 2016

“Understanding Pietism,” Trinity Lutheran Church, Pulaski, VA

October 30, 2016

“Legacies of the Reformations,” Trinity Lutheran Church, Pulaski, VA

October 9-11, 2016

“Christians and Culture, Then and Now,” Spiritual Life Conference, Covenant Village of Colorado, Westminster, CO

July 2016

“Turning Points: Global Christianity in the 20th Century,” First Baptist Church, Cambridge, MN

February 21, 2016

“Reconciled Diversity: Seeking Church Unity in the Midst of Conflict,” First Covenant Church, St. Paul, MN

February 10, 2016

“Can Hope and History Rhyme?”, MPA Talks, Mounds Park Academy, Maplewood, MN

January 31, 2016

“How American Christians Relate to Culture,” Life Groups combined class, Oak Haven Church, Ham Lake, MN

January 21, 2016

“Rooted Wings: Pietism, the Covenant, and Ministry Today,” Youth Pastors Connection, Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church

January 17, 2016

“The Great and Holy War: Faith, Memory, and World War I,” Sunday morning adult forum, Presbyterian Church of the Way, Shoreview, MN

October 11 – November 22, 2015

“Turning Points: Global Christianity in the 20th Century,” adult Sunday School class, Calvary Church, Roseville, MN

The series was a tremendous success for our large class of “mature” believers. Most of us have lived through a fair portion of those years and have experienced personally many of those Turning Points. Chris’ presentation of the series was a stimulating, engaging, and much appreciated start to our year together. (Dave Johnson, Calvary Church)

November 5, 2015

“Anabaptist Visions of Sport: Separation, Accommodation, and Transformation,” paper for panel at The Spirit of Sports, 2015 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Waco, TX

October 24, 2015

“Bethel in Times of War,” presentation (with Fletcher Warren) to Friends of the BGC/Bethel Archives, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

October 9, 2015

“Remembering the Great War: Christian Perspectives on the Commemoration of World War I,” Homecoming ‘Class Without a Quiz,’ Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

October 3, 2015

“From Generation to Generation: History, Memory, and the Stewardship of the Past,” 125th Anniversary Banquet, Salem Covenant Church, Duluth, MN

September 22, 2015

“Pietism: Faith for Head, Hearts, and Hands,” Theology on Deck, Catalyst Covenant Church, St. Paul, MN

August 31, 2015

The Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27),” address in Opening Chapel, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

August 9, 2015

“Roots” (Mark 4:1-9), sermon at Zion Covenant Church, Ellsworth, WI

June 7, 2015

“Bethel, Baptists, and Pietism: A View from a (Mission) Friend,” adult Sunday School class, Calvary Church, Roseville, MN

April 30, 2015

“New Persons, New Church, New World: Pietism and Today’s Christian College” and “Does Pietism Offer a ‘Usable Past’ to Churches Today?”, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA

It’s not every scholar who can make a seventeenth-century Christian renewal movement like Pietism stimulating, interesting, and relevant to diverse audiences of scholars, students, and church leaders and laypeople. But that’s exactly what Chris Gehrz did during his visit to Messiah College in spring 2015. Chris’ chapel talk and lectures presented Pietism as both a subject worthy of serious scholarly inquiry and an ethos capable of shaping the church and Christian higher education today. (Devin Manzullo-Thomas, Messiah College)

April 25, 2015

“Western Civilization and the Christian Liberal Arts Tradition,” faculty panel at Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN

April 6, 2015

“The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education,” faculty workshop at Grace College, Winona Lake, IN

Chris’s timely workshop… allowed all faculty to investigate in depth the usable past of pietism, a movement that had left its mark on the brethren founders of our institution. In a thoughtful, sensitive, and understanding manner, Chris showed how pietism… could deepen our own evangelical faith and mission. So through our time of great change, Chris not only encouraged us by reminding us of the hope that Christ’s Resurrection brings us during the Easter season, but also of the hope that our founders had of a resurrected faith – one that is not only believed, but is also put into practice. (Mark Norris, Grace College)

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