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Chris Gehrz

Job Title

  • Professor of History
    History, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel



  • College of William and Mary - B.A. , 1996
  • Yale University - Ph.D., 2002

Areas of expertise

Gehrz teaches courses on international, European, and military history, including the department's travel course in Europe on the history of World War I. His current research focuses on the history of Bethel University and Pietist models of Christian higher education.

Courses Taught

  • Christianity and Western Culture
  • The Cold War
  • Human Rights in International History
  • Introduction to History
  • Modern Europe
  • The Reformations
  • Senior Seminar
  • World War I


Bethel University, Edgren Scholars Program for Collaborative Student-Faculty Research, 2014

Bethel University, Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching, 2009


The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons (IVP Academic, 2015) — editor and author of introduction and conclusion

The Pietist Impulse in Christianity (Pickwick, 2011) — co-editor and co-author of introduction

“The Global Reflex: Toward a Transnational Turn in Evangelical Historiography,” Fides et Historia 47 (Winter/Spring 2015): 107-15.

"An Immigrant Church," Friends of Covenant History (Winter/Spring 2015): 3-4.

“Missional Pietists: Lessons from Dale W. Brown and Carl H. Lundquist,” The Covenant Quarterly (August/November 2012): 35-47

“Recovering a Pietist Understanding of Christian Higher Education: Carl H. Lundquist and Karl A. Olsson,” Christian Scholar's Review 40 (Winter 2011): 139-54

Book reviews in Books & Culture, Brethren in Christ History and Life, Fides et Historia, and Mennonite Quarterly Review

Multiple articles in Pietisten and The Baptist Pietist Clarion