Grant A. Wacker

Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Christian History, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina

Became Trustee

United Methodist

Career Summary
Grant Wacker is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Christian History at Duke Divinity School. From 1977 to 1992 he taught in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina. Trained at Stanford University (BA) and Harvard University (PhD), his publications include Augustus H. Strong and the Dilemma of Historical Consciousness (Mercer, 1985), Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture (Harvard University Press, 2001), and, with Jon Butler and Randall Balmer, Religion in American Life: A Short History (Oxford University Press, 2009, 2011).

From 1997 to 2004 Wacker served as a senior editor of the quarterly journal Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture. He is past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and of the American Society of Church History. A winner of two distinguished teaching awards, Wacker is working on a cultural biography to be called America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation, to be published by Harvard University Press in September 2014.

He and his wife, Katherine Wacker, live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where they are active members of Orange United Methodist Church.

Current Organizations  
Advisory Board Books & Culture
The Christian Century
Religion and American Culture
Fides et Historia
Past Organizations  
President Society for Pentecostal Studies, 1995
American Society for Church History, 2008
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