Hello! I joined the Department of History and Political science at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, in 1970 and have served as chair since 1988. Trained in American intellectual history, I have become increasingly interested in American religious history, particularly the intersections of Seventh-day Adventism with the larger society.
My major publications include two edited volumes, Adventism in America: A History (1986) and The World of Ellen G. White (1987). I also edited for publication Everett Dick's William Miller and the Advent Crisis (1994), one of the first scholarly works on the Millerite movement, written in the 1930s but not published at the time. With Calvin W. Edwards, I have written Seeker After Light: A. F. Ballenger, Adventism, and American Christianity, which we hope will be published in 1999, My next major project is a biography of Ellen G. White, one of the founders of Seventh-day Adventism.
I am also actively involved with local history, serving on the Board of Trustees of the Berrien County Historical Association, which oversees a complex of nineteenth-century buildings, of which the 1839 courthouse is the main feature. During the summer I play the outfield for the Berrien County Cranberry Boggers, a vintage baseball team sponsored by the BCHA.
In my spare time I read, collect books and stamps, and both pursue baseball history and follow the contemporary game, particularly the fortunes of the San Francisco Giants.
My family is even more important. My wife, Edi, teaches music in the Benton Harbor Area Schools. My son Jeff is a freshman at Andrews University and daughter Jessamyn is a junior at Great Lakes Adventist Academy.
Department of History and Political Science
122-A Nethery Hall
Berrien Springs, MI 49104
Telephone: (616) 471-3511
FAX: (616) 471-6900