Biola AffiliationsFaculty


  • Ph.D. Kansas State University
  • M.A. Villanova University
  • M.A. AGTS Evangel University
  • B.A. California State University, Bakersfield
  • A.A. Bakersfield College


  • Conference on Faith and History
  • Ecclesiastical History Society (U.K.)
  • Evangelical History Association of Australia
  • International Society for First World War Studies
  • Royal Historical Society (U.K.)
  • Scottish Church History Society (U.K.)
  • Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (U.K.)


  • Merit Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Fresno Pacific University, 2018
  • Visiting Fellow, New College, University of Edinburgh, 2017
  • Merit Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Fresno Pacific University, 2015
  • Fellow, Summer Seminar in Military History, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2009
  • Phi Kappa Phi, 2003

Publications (Selected)

Book Chapters

  • “Christianity and Politics: From Constantine to Today,” in Christianity: The Basics (Bloomsbury Religion in North America series), edited by Dyron B. Daughrity (London: Bloomsbury, 2021).
  • “Stones of Memory: Joshua 4:7, 21-24,” Faith and History: A Devotional, edited by Chris Gehrz and Beth Allison Barr (Waco, TX: 1845 Books/Baylor University Press, 2020), 27-30.
  • “Civil Religion, War, and American Pentecostals,” in Civil Religion and American Christianity, edited by Liam Atchison, Keith Bates, and Darin D. Lenz (2018; Revised Edition, Middletown, R.I.: Stone Tower Press, 2020), 173-205.
  • “‘Loyalty to our Heavenly Country’: British Christianity and the First World War,” in Remembering Armageddon: Religion and the First World War, edited by Philip Jenkins (Waco, TX: ISR Books/Baylor University, 2015), 25-42.
  • “‘A Peculiar Charm’: The Story of George Müller of Bristol in Mid-Nineteenth Century America,” in Culture, Spirituality, and the Brethren, edited by Neil T. R. Dickson and Thomas J. Marinello (Troon, Scotland: Brethren Archivists and Historians Network, 2014), 277-290.


  • “Immersed in Dependency: American Missionaries, Empires, and India in the 1830s,” Journal of Early Modern History (forthcoming).
  • “‘Withdraw from Babylon and worldly Egypt’: America’s Cultural War, Michael Sattler, and the Radical Otherness of Christian Identity,” Pacific Journal 15 (2020): 99-126.
  • "‘Don’t you dare spend a million on the mission field’: Mark Buntain and the Spirit of Pragmatism in Pentecostal Medical Missions in Kolkata, India,” Journal of Social History of Medicine and Health (December 2019): 119-133.
  • “‘Hail Luther’s Contribution’: A Sixteenth-Century Reformer in Cold War America,” Church History and Religious Culture (formerly: Nederlands Archief Voor Kerkgeschiedenis) 98, no. 3-4 (December 2018): 448-476.
  • “‘St. Mark of Calcutta,’ Spiritual Geography, and Pentecostal Medical Missions in Twentieth-Century India,” Indian Church History Review 52, no. 2 (July 2018): 11-31.
  • “Faith in the Hearing: Gospel Recordings and the World Mission of Joy Ridderhof (1903-1984),” Studies in Church History 53 (2017): 420-434.
  • “‘Citizens of the World’: Nationalism, Ecumenical Missions, and the Idea of World Unity before the First World War,” Social Sciences and Missions 28, no. 1-2 (Spring 2015): 32-56.
  • “‘Visions on the Battlefields’: Alexander A. Boddy, Early British Pentecostalism, and the First World War, 1914-1918,” The Journal of Religious History 32, no. 3 (September 2008): 281-302.


  • World Civilizations I
  • World Civilizations II
  • U.S. History since 1865
  • The Church in the American Experience
  • History of Christianity
  • Renaissance and Reformation
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • War and Civilization
  • Research Methods in History
  • Research Seminar


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • History of Christianity
  • Pietism
  • Evangelicalism
  • George Müller of Bristol
  • Christian missions
  • War and religion
  • War and memory
  • Civil religion
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