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, library, or other group, I’m currently making plans for 2022-2023. Click here to learn more about potential topics, including the spiritual life of Charles Lindbergh, Christian approaches to biography, the “spiritual but not religious,” the history of evangelicalism, and historical and religious perspectives on the war in Ukraine. Email me to schedule a class or talk.

Upcoming Classes and Talks

October 30 & November 6, 2022

“Christian Perspectives on the Cold War,” adult education class at First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater, MN

November 27 / December 4 & 11, 2022

Adult education class on evangelicalism at First Covenant Church, River Falls, WI

January 14, 2023

“Snapshot Saturday” presentation at Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, Little Falls, MN

January 22 & 29, 2023

Two-part adult forum on the 1619 Project at Christ Lutheran Church, Lake Elmo, MN

Recent Speaking Engagements

October 9, 2022

“The Pietist Option: Hope for Renewal amid Fears of Decline,” Christ Lutheran Church, Lake Elmo, MN

September 9, 2022

Brief interview about the death of Queen Elizabeth II, WCCO Mornings

May 20, 2022

Address at Bethel University’s Baccalaureate service

May 5, 2022

Panel discussion of the war in Ukraine, Bethel University Model United Nations club

April 20, 2022

‘Just the Same as Never Before’: Bethel at 150,” meeting of adult, graduate, and seminary faculty, Bethel University

March 30-April 2, 2022

Biennial meeting of the Conference on Faith and History, Baylor University, Waco, TX

March 20, 2022

Adult forum on evangelicalism, Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN

March 13, 2022

“The Spiritual Stories of Charles and Anne Lindbergh,” Roseville (MN) Lutheran Church

March 9, 2022

Interview about the history of Ukraine and Russia, The Paul & Jordana Show, WCCO-AM Radio

March 6, 2022

“Spiritual But Not Religious in America: Past and Present,” Roseville (MN) Lutheran Church

February 26, 2022

Brief interview about Russian invasion of Ukraine, KARE 11 Saturday 

February 12, 2022

Anoka County Library Local Author Fair, Northtown Library, Blaine, MN

January 21, 2022

“Conversations at the Crossroads” talk about history, religion, and Charles Lindbergh, Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center, Gettysburg, PA (Zoom)

January 10, 2022

Kairos talk on Charles Lindbergh, Incarnation Lutheran Church, Shoreview, MN

December 12 & 19, 2021

“The Spiritual Story of Charles Lindbergh,” First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater, MN

October 2, 2021

Lindbergh interview on The Pat Williams Power Hour (WTLN 990 AM, Orlando)

September 20 & 27, October 4 & 11, 2021

‘Evangelical’: Past, Present, and Future,” Faith 20/20 class, Salem Covenant Church, New Brighton, MN, 10:10am

September 14, 2021

The Education of Charles Lindbergh,” Bethel University Library, St. Paul, MN

August 24, 2021

Keynote address to college faculty retreat (“Let the Tension Remain“), Bethel University

March 25, 2021

Discussing Pietism and higher ed with new faculty group, North Park University, Chicago, IL

March 18, 2021

Faith and the Humanities talk on Charles Lindbergh, Colonial Church, Edina, MN

March 7 & 14, 2021

Adult education class on Pietism, First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater, MN

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

January 29, 2021

Keynote speaker, “The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education,” Evangelische Hochschule Tabor, Marburg, Germany

April 5, 2020

“Hope for Better Times: The Pietist Option for Lutherans,” Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville, MN [converted into an online video series after COVID-19 led to the class being cancelled]

November 8, 2019

The Pietist Option for Bethel” (chapel talk on Luke 24), Bethel University

November 3, 2019

“What Is an Evangelical?”, Incarnation Lutheran Church, Shoreview, MN

October 27, 2019

A Mighty Fortress” (sermon on Psalm 46) and “What Can the Reformation Teach Us Today? Complicated Lessons for a Polarized Age” (adult class), First Covenant Church, St. Paul, MN

October 2, 2019

The Value of the Christian Liberal Arts,” Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA

April 11, 2019

From ‘Queen of the Sciences’ to ‘One of the Humanities’: Theology among the Liberal Arts,” Twin Cities Area Undergraduate Bible & Theology Conference, Bethel University

March 26, 2019

“Thinking in Public” (with Sam Mulberry), Bethel University Library

November 18 & 25, 2018

“The Pietist Option for Lutherans,” Incarnation Lutheran Church, Shoreview, MN

October 29, 2018

Silent Night: A Soldier’s Humanity and the Impact of World War I,” panel discussion co-hosted by Minnesota Opera and MinnPost, Westminster Hall, Minneapolis, MN

October 4-6, 2018

“The Distribution Problem for Christian Scholars” and “Non-Traditional Spiritual Biographies,” biennial meeting of the Conference on Faith and History at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

August 2018

The Pietist Option for Baptists,” four-week adult Sunday School class, Central Baptist Church, St. Paul, MN

July 1, 2018

Freedom in Christ” (sermon on Galatians 5), Cape Cod Covenant Church, Brewster, MA

June 24, 2018

Stories of Hope: Joseph… and Judah” (sermon on Genesis 37-50) and “Why the Covenant Church Is ‘The Pietist Option in Practice'” (book discussion), Evangelical Covenant Church, Attleboro, MA

June 17, 2018

A New Song” (sermon on Psalm 96), First Congregational Church, Litchfield, CT

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