Grant Wacker

Disciples in America

Dr. Grant Wacker, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Christian History at Duke University Divinity School, will present “Disciples in America” at 10:15 a.m. on November 12 in Colhoun A.

Do you want to talk about faith or live it? The American Church is filled with great stories of people who went beyond talk. Christianity in America is a story of fascinating intersections: religious leaders who pioneered ways of reaching more people than ever before, leaders shaped quietly (and sometimes loudly) by their faith, and religious traditions old and new infused with a distinctly American flavor.

Dr. Wacker will use a selection of figures from American church history to illustrate ways of living out a committed faith with tradition, reason, distinct experience, and a fascination with identity. Dr. Wacker is the author or co-editor of seven books, including the recent award-winning biography, America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation. A celebrated teacher of generations of ministers, Dr. Wacker has also had a powerful impact on the field of church history, training dozens of active scholars.

The class is the second in a four-part series titled, Looking Back to the Future of Your Faith: Finding Models and Mentors in the Church’s History. Do you feel like your faith is less strong than you’d like it to be? Have you wondered how to find the right role models for faith? The Church’s history can be a way to see into the lives of people who have shared similar struggles. In this four-part series, speakers from St. Paul’s and beyond will be the guides to find examples of discipleship among Christians past and present.