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Christian History Home > About Us seeks to connect contemporary Christians to their spiritual heritage by communicating church history in an engaging, accurate, and visual way. Our readers, contributors, and consultants represent a variety of theological and denominational perspectives. Consequently, we seek to explore the Christian heritage in a nonsectarian and warm-hearted spirit.

From 1982–August 2008, CHRISTIAN HISTORY (later called CHRISTIAN HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY) was an award-winning, quarterly, themed print magazine. All back issues still in print can be purchased through the Christian History Store. Now this trove of content is the foundation of an ever-expanding online resource for teachers, students, church leaders, and history lovers of all stripes. We also publish GLIMPSES OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY, a four-page monthly bulletin insert featuring a wide variety of historical people, events, and themes for churches, schools, homeschooling families, and other groups. and GLIMPSES OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY are both ministries of Christianity Today.

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Jennifer Trafton, formerly managing editor of CHRISTIAN HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY magazine, gives editorial direction to and GLIMPSES OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY. She has an M.A. in church history from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and also did graduate study in religion at Duke University. Besides church history, Jennifer loves literature, the arts, and creative writing. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

Gary Gnidovic is the designer director for Christianity Today Media Group and oversees the design of, GLIMPSES OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY, and CHRISTIANITY TODAY magazine. He has design and photography degrees from Southern Illinois University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He joined CT in 1988. Gary makes his home in West Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife Kathy have two sons.

Keaton Halley is a designer for and GLIMPSES OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY. He has a B.A. in Visual Communications from Judson University and lives in Glendale Heights, Illinois.

David Neff is the editor in chief of the Christianity Today Media Group. After ministering and teaching religion at Walla Walla College, David joined the editorial team at InterVarsity Press where he edited HIS magazine for college students and helped to found the Journal of Christian Nursing. David came to Christianity Today in 1985 where he has worked on CHRISTIANITY TODAY, BOOKS & CULTURE, and CHRISTIAN HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY. While on staff at Walla Walla College, David covered for faculty who were on sabbatical, and one year had to give himself a crash course in order to teach the church history survey. He lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with his wife who plays Erasmus to his Luther. They are the parents of two and grandparents of three.

Editorial Advisory Board

D. Jeffrey Bingham, department chair and professor of theological studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

Everett Ferguson, professor of church history emeritus, Abilene Christian University

Jennifer Hevelone-Harper, department chair and associate professor of history, Gordon College

Laurel Gasque, cultural historian, author, and lecturer who works with faculty and graduate students for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of Canada

Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, and a senior editor of CHRISTIANITY TODAY

Steven Gertz, historian of Christian-Muslim relations

Bruce Hindmarsh, James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College

Frank A. James III, president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and professor of church history and historical and systematic theology

Philip Jenkins, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities, American University

Tony Lane, professor of historical theology and director of research, London Bible College

Timothy Larsen, Carolyn and Fred McManis Chair of Christian Thought, Wheaton College

Paul Maier, Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History, Western Michigan University

Bradley L. Nassif, professor of biblical and theological studies, North Park University

Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

Ted Olsen, online managing editor, CHRISTIANITY TODAY

J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

Al Raboteau, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion, Princeton University

Patrick Henry Reardon, pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity.

Russell E. Richey, professor of church history, Emory University's Candler School of Theology

Garth Rosell, professor of church history, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

James D. Smith III, associate professor of church history, Bethel Seminary San Diego, and lecturer, University of San Diego

John G. Stackhouse, Jr., Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology, Regent College

Tim Stafford, senior writer for CHRISTIANITY TODAY

Douglas Sweeney, associate professor of church history and the history of Christian Thought and director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Ruth Tucker, seminary professor for 25 years, presently a writer and conference speaker

Grant Wacker, professor of Christian history and director of the Graduate Program in Religion, Duke University

Ronald Wells, professor emeritus of history, Calvin College, and former editor of Fides et Historia: The Journal of the Conference on Faith and History

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