Professor Gehrz

Chris GehrzI’ve been teaching at Bethel since the fall of 2003, a year after completing my PhD in History at Yale University. I was originally hired to teach European history (HIS230L World War I – now taught every other January as a travel course in Europe, HIS354 Modern Europe, and HIS335G The Reformations, which I no longer teach regularly), our department’s capstone course (HIS499 Senior Seminar), and GES130 Christianity and Western Culture (which I also help coordinate). But my training is primarily in the history of international relations, so I’ve developed new courses in that realm, including HIS/POS324G Human Rights in International History (now being taught by Prof. Bramsen in the Political Science department), and HIS231L World War II (which I teach every spring).

Outside of teaching, I research and write about the Christian movement and ethos known as Pietism, particularly as it has shaped Christian colleges like Bethel, North Park, and Messiah College. In January 2015 InterVarsity Press published The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons, a book I edited with contributions by current and former Bethel faculty. In 2011 I co-edited The Pietist Impulse in Christianity with my Bethel colleagues Christian Collins Winn and G.W. Carlson. I recently submitted the manuscript for The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity (coming this fall from InterVarsity Press).

I also devote much time and energy to blogging, writing three or four times a week at my personal blog, The Pietist Schoolman, and then every Tuesday at The Anxious Bench, a group history blog on the Patheos Evangelical channel. You’ll also find me writing for our department blog, AC 2nd, and occasionally about war commemoration at a much-neglected photoblog called Memento belli. Some of this also spills into my Twitter account, but enough social media talk…

When I’m not at Bethel, I’m usually at home in Roseville with my wife Katie and our seven-year old twins, Lena and Isaiah, or helping out at Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton.