Christopher Gehrz


Chris GehrzChris Gehrz is professor of history at Bethel University (not this one… or this one… or this onethe one in Minnesota), where he recently survivedconcluded a six-year stint as chairperson of the Department of History. (He remains co-director of the Christianity and Western Culture program.)

While glad to be back home in Minnesota, Chris spent ten years on the East Coast, studying at the College of William and Mary and Yale University (PhD, 2002). He trained as a European and international historian, and still gets to teach classes on 19th/20th century Europe, the two world wars, and the Cold War. In 2015 Chris collaborated with former student Fletcher Warren on Bethel at War, 1914-2014: A Digital History of a Christian College in a Century of Warfare.

But for the most part, his research has taken him into the histories of Pietism and Christian higher education. Chris edited The Pietist Impulse in Christianity (Pickwick, 2011) and The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons (IVP Academic, 2015), and his newest book, The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity, now available from InterVarsity Press.

His current research project is a spiritual (but not religious) biography of Charles A. Lindbergh.

Chris also blogs regularly about Christianity, history, and higher education at The Pietist Schoolman. You can follow him on Twitter (@cgehrz).


Gehrz & Pattie, The Pietist OptionThe Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity

Written by Christopher Gehrz and Mark Pattie III

Copyright: 2017
Publisher: IVP Academic





Gehrz (ed.), The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher EducationThe Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons


Edited by Christopher Gehrz

Copyright: 2015
Publisher: IVP Academic





Collins Winn et al. (eds.), The Pietist Impulse in ChristianityThe Pietist Impulse in Christianity

Edited by Christian T. Collins Winn, Christopher Gehrz, G. William Carlson, and Eric Holst

Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Pickwick Publications