1. Formal Education

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Oxford.  Theology.  November 1993. 

Master of Christian Studies

Regent College, Vancouver.  Theology.  May 1990.  G.P.A.: 4.00.

Bachelor of Religious Education

Briercrest Bible College, Caronport, Saskatchewan.  Theology.  April 1983.  G.P.A.: 3.91.

2. Academic Appointments

2006 ­– Present

James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver

2001 – 2006

James M. Houston Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology
Regent College, Vancouver

1997 – 2001

Professor of Church History and Historical Theology
Briercrest Biblical Seminary, Caronport, Saskatchewan

1995 –1997, 1999

Honorary Senior Member (while on research fellowships)
Christ Church, Oxford

1994 –1995

Professor of Church History and Historical Theology
Briercrest Biblical Seminary, Caronport, Saskatchewan

1995 – present (summers)

Visiting summer lecturer on multiple occasions at Regent College, Briercrest Biblical Seminary, and Tyndale Seminary


3. Academic Distinctions and Grants Received

  President                              American Society of Church History, 2013, serving as President Elect, 2012,
and Past President, 2014

  Honorary Fellow                   Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 2012

Honorary Fellow

Manchester Wesley Research Centre, 2009-

Public Lecturer

Fifth Annual Manchester Wesley Research Centre Lecturer, June 19, 2009, Manchester

Alumnus of the Year

Briercrest College and Seminary, 2009

Research Fellowship

Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology, 2006-2007. $75,000 (USD)

Research Grant

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Research Grant; term, 2006-2009.  $35,539.

Academic Fellowship

Mayer Fellowship with the Huntington Library, San Marino California, 2005.  $4,000 (USD)

Academic Grant

Grant from the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals and the Lilly Endowment for a program of academic activities in Summer 2002 related to the study and celebration of Christian Hymnody.  $10,000 (USD)

Teaching Consultation


One of fifteen scholars invited to the Wabash Center Consultation on Teaching the History of Christianity, 2001-2002, funded by the Lilly Endowment.  $2,000 (USD)

Joint Research Grant

“Initiative Grant to Network Christian Scholars,” Program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.  A three-year (2000-2002) collaborative grant awarded September 1999 to a group of four scholars to undertake an interdisciplinary examination of the ‘ethical turn’ in postmodern theory and hermeneutics.  $15,000 (USD)

Research Grant

Lilly Small Grant, Association of Theological Schools, March 1999, $5,000 (USD)

Research Grant

“Hymnody in American Protestantism,” Project of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals; July 1998, $1,500 (USD)

Teaching Award

Second place in a “Course of the Year Contest” at the 1997 ACCESS conference.

Professional Development Award

Young Scholars in American Religion, 1997-98

Research Grant

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Research Grant; term, 1995–7; $30,600.

Research Fellowship

Pew Evangelical Scholars Program, 1995; $35,000 (USD).

Research Fellowship

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1995–7; $55,968.

Research Fellowship

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.  Awarded 1993; taken up at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, May 1994; $1,750 (USD). 

Doctoral Fellowship

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1991–3; $42,000.

Research Award

Overseas Research Students Award Scheme, 1990–3.

Interdisciplinary Studies Prize

Regent College, 1990.

Master of Christian Studies Prize

Regent College, 1990.

Diploma of Christian Studies Prize

Regent College, 1989.

Student Speaker at Convocation

Regent College, 1989.

Governor General's Medal

Briercrest Bible College, 1983.

Inducted into the Honor Society of the A.A.B.C.

Briercrest Bible College, 1983.


Briercrest Bible College, 1983.


4. Publications

(a) Books

The Evangelical Conversion Narrative: Spiritual Autobiography in Early Modern England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. xii + 384 pp. A paperback edition was published by Oxford University Press in 2007. 

John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition between the Conversions of Wesley and Wilberforce.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.  xvii + 366 pp. A paperback edition was published by Eerdmans in 2000. 

(b) Editions with Critical Introductions

The Life and Spirituality of John Newton. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 1998. 

Johann Arndt, True Christianity. Edited by John Wesley. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2012.

(c) Co-authored Book

Bruce Hindmarsh and James M. Houston. For Christ and His Kingdom: Inspiring a New Generation. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2013.

(c) Articles in Scholarly Journals and Academic Books

“Evangelical Epistolarity: Spiritual Experience in the Familiar Letters of the Early Evangelicals,” In Studies in the Cultural History of Letter Writing, edited by Susan Green and Linda C. Mitchell. San Marino, California: Huntington Library Press, forthcoming 2014.

"The Inner Life of Doctrine: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Calvinist-Arminian Debate Among Methodists," Presidential Address to the American Society of Church History, 4 January 2014, published in Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 83, no. 2 (2014): 367-397.

"Religious Conversion as Narrative and Autobiography." In Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion, edited by Lewis Rambo and Charles Farhadian, 343-368. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"The Transmission of Living Faith: Christian Higher Education as Paradosis." In For Christ and His Kingdom: Inspiring a New Generation. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2013, 11-44.

Article for Review Symposium discussing When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God by Tanya M. Luhrmann.  Spiritus 13, no. 1 (2013): 131-133.

“‘The God of Nature and of Grace’: Early Evangelical Spirituality and Reflection on Nature.” CRUX 48, no. 3 (2012): 6-13.  A Festschrift article for Jim Houston’s 90th birthday. Shortlisted for best long article for Word Guild Awards. I edited this issue of CRUX with my colleagues Hans Boersma and Craig Gay.

“New History of Methodism.” Books & Culture (September/October 2012): 22-25. 

“Contours of Evangelical Spirituality.” Essay in Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, edited by Glen Scorgie, 146-152. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2011.

“‘End of Faith as Its Beginning’: Models of Spiritual Progress in Early Evangelical Hymns.” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 10, no. 1 (2010): 1-21.

“‘Come down, O Love divine’: Spiritual Formation through a Medieval Hymn.” The Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 3, no. 1 (2010): 79-87. 

“Seeking True Religion: Early Evangelical Devotion and Catholic Spirituality.” In Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective, edited by Jeffrey Greenman and George Kalantizis, 115-137. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2010.

“Retrieval and Renewal: A Model for Evangelical Spiritual Vitality.” In J. I. Packer and the Evangelical Future: The Impact of His Life and Thought, ed. Timothy George, 99-114. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2009.  

“Let the little children come to me: Evangelicalism as a Young People’s Movement.” An online article for Christian History and Biography, posted May 27, 2009. A longer version of this article appeared in CRUX 45, no. 3 (2009): 11-14.

“And Can it Be? Charles Wesley Gets His Turn.”  Books & Culture (May/June 2009): 9-13.

“The Great Awakening Revisited.” Evangelical Studies Bulletin 68 (Summer 2008): 1-5.  Reprinted in CRUX 44, no. 4 (2008): 37-42.

“The Wild West: The Study of Christian Spirituality.” Books & Culture (January/February 2007): 22-4.

“Like Trees Walking.” Regent College Convocation Address, April 2007. CRUX 43, no. 2 (2007): 2-7.

“‘Amazing Grace, How Sweet It Has Sounded’: The History of a Hymn and a Cultural Icon.” In Sing Them Over Again to Me”: Hymns and Hymnbooks in America, edited by Mark A. Noll and Edith Blumhofer, 3-19. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 2006. 

“On Not Forgetting the Story of the Church.” CRUX 40, no. 4 (2004): 2-9.

 “The Reception of Jonathan Edwards by Early Evangelicals in England.” In Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad: Historical Memories, Cultural Movements, Global Horizons, edited by. D. W. Kling and D. A. Sweeney, 201-221. Columbia, South Carolina.: University of South Carolina Press, 2003. 

“Is Evangelical Ecclesiology an Oxymoron? A Historical Perspective.” In Evangelical Ecclesiology: Reality or Illusion?, edited by John G. Stackhouse, Jr., 15-37. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2003.  A revised version of this essay appeared in The International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, 7, no. 4 (2007): 302-322.

“Reshaping Individualism: The Private Christian, Eighteenth-Century Religion, and the Enlightenment.” In The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism, edited by Deryck W. Lovegrove, 67-84  London and New York: Routledge, 2002.  

“The Antecedents of Evangelical Conversion Narrative: Spiritual Autobiography and the Christian Tradition.” CRUX 38, no. 4 (2002): 4-13.  A revised version of this essay appeared in The Emergence of Evangelicalism: Exploring Historical Continuities, edited by Michael Haykin and Kenneth Stewart, 327-344. Leicester, UK: Intervarsity Press, 2008.

“‘Let Us See Thy Great Salvation’: What Did It Mean to Be Saved for the Early Evangelicals.” In What Does It Mean to Be Saved? Broadening Evangelical Horizons of Salvation, edited by John G. Stackhouse, Jr., 43-66. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2002. 

“Patterns of Conversion in Early Evangelical History and Overseas Mission Experience.” In Christian Missions and the Enlightenment, edited by Brian Stanley, 71-98. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2001.

“Basic Christianity—with an Oxbridge Accent: John Stott and Evangelical Renewal.” Books & Culture (September/October 2000): 6-9. 

“‘My chains fell off, my heart was free’: Early Methodist Conversion Narrative in England.” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 68, no. 4 (1999): 910-29. 

“The Olney Autobiographers: English Conversion Narrative in the Mid-Eighteenth Century.” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 49, no. 1 (1998): 61-84.

“The Winnipeg Fundamentalist Network, 1910–1940: The Roots of Transdenominational Evangelicalism in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.” In Aspects of the Canadian Evangelical Experience, edited by George Rawlyk, 303-319. Montreal and Kingston: McGill–Queen’s University Press, 1997.  Republished in Didaskalia 10 (Fall 1998): 1-30. 

“Leaving the World to Save the World.”  Books & Culture (November/December 1997): 20-22.

“The Toronto Blessing and the Eighteenth-Century Evangelical Awakenings Compared.” CRUX 31, no. 4 (December 1995): 3-13. 

“‘I am a sort of middle-man’: The Politically Correct Evangelicalism of John Newton.” In Amazing Grace: Evangelicalism in Australia, Britain, Canada, and the United States, edited by Mark Noll and George Rawlyk, 29-55. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994.

“George MacDonald and the Forgotten Father.” North Wind: Journal of the George MacDonald Society no. 9 (1990): 55-79. 

(d) Articles for Dictionaries

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, edited by Colin Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.  Original articles for John Newton (1725-1807  and Joseph Milner (1744–97), and a revision of the article for Thomas Adam (1701-84). 

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, edited by Timothy Larsen, D. W. Bebbington, and Mark A. Noll. Leicester, UK, and Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2003.  Original articles for John Newton (1725-1807), Thomas Scott (1747-1821), and Henry Hildebrand (1911-).

Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 4th edn., edited by Hans Dieter Betz.  Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr, 1998.  Original articles for Charles Chiniquy (1809-99), John William Fletcher (1729-85), Andrew Fuller (1754-1815), Howel Harris (1714-73), John Howard (1726-90), Selina Gräfin von Huntingdon (1707-91), John Newton (1725-1807). 

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. 3rd edn., edited by F. L. Cross and E. A. Livingstone. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Revision of article on John Howard (1726-90) and consultation on other entries.

Articles for The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by D. M. Lewis. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1996.  Original articles for eleven figures. 

(e) Other

The following list provides one example only of contributions of various kinds made in conference papers, book reviews, public lectures, magazine articles, film and radio interviews, and church ministries locally and abroad:

Co-chair of the joint conference of the American Society of Church History and the Ecclesiastical History Society, "Mission and Migration in Christian History," Oxford, April 3-5, 2014.

“Rewriting the History of Evangelicalism: W. R. Ward, 1925-2010.” Obituary article in honour of Reg Ward, with Mark Noll. Books & Culture (March/April 2011), 8.

"Here by the Water." Public Address, Regent College Convocation, May 2013, Broadway Church, Vancouver.  

“The God of Nature and of Grace.” Conference Paper for Clouds of Witnesses, 2011 Regent College History Workshop, 16 July 2011.

Review of W. R. Ward, Early Evangelicalism: A Global Intellectual History, 1670-1789 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), for History, 93 (July 2008), 427-8. 

“‘Finish Then Thy New Creation’: The Pursuit of Christian Maturity in Early Evangelicalism,” Public Lecture, 8 January 2010, Distinguished Lecturer Series, Bethel Seminary, San Diego.

Stories Evangelicals Tell: Conversion Narrative and Modern Identity.  Three lecture series for Illumino, a public lecture program of Bethany Chapel, Calgary, 22-23 April 2005. 

Consultant editor for Christian History & Biography (Winter 2004), and issue devoted to “John Newton and the Story of Amazing Grace.”

Film Interview in New York for the British Broadcasting Corporation for the special Easter Documentary, “Amazing Grace: The True Story of the Song.” Broadcast April 3, 2007. 

Radio Interview with British Broadcasting Corporation for a feature on the hymn “Amazing Grace” in their series entitled “Soul Music.”  Broadcast September 18, 2001.

Conference speaker for Eastern European Youth Leaders at KAM Malenovice in the Czech Republic, 12-15 May 2005.   

Occasional preacher at St. John’s Vancouver Anglican Church, and teacher in the adult Sunday School class.

5. Memberships and Boards 

On the Board of the Institute for Religion and Culture (2012-).

Past President and on the Executive of the American Society of Church History, and former Council member.  An active member and participant in the society for over twenty years.

Honorary Fellow of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, (2009-). 

Advisory Board Member, Christian History and Biography Magazine (2008-9).