Stephen R. Graham
joined the staff in January 2008 as director of faculty development and initiatives in theological education. He is responsible for leading several programs for faculty development and support, including the annual New Faculty Seminar, various issue-oriented consultations with faculty, and the two grants programs of the Association: the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology and the Lilly Theological Research Grants programs. He will also lead the Association in identifying issues and initiatives that inform and advance the work of theological schools. He will assist ATS in developing ideas for appropriate programming to enhance the capacity of schools and to prepare leaders for a changing religious and educational climate.
Graham comes to ATS from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago where he has served as dean of faculty and professor of American church history since 1997. He joined the faculty of North Park in 1988. He was ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1990.
Graham holds a BA and MA from Wheaton College and the PhD in the history of Christianity from The Divinity School of the University of Chicago, where he studied under Martin Marty. His PhD dissertation, “Cosmos in the Chaos: Philip Schaff’s Interpretation of Nineteenth-Century American Religion," was published by Eerdmans in 1995. He has also conducted research on the Pentecostal and charismatic movements and the Evangelical Covenant Church as part of a project on “Pentecostal Currents in the American Church,” sponsored by the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. His centennial history of North Park Covenant Church is nearing completion.
Graham is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the American Society of Church History and has been active in the Chief Academic Officers Society of ATS. The author of numerous articles and book reviews, he has also served on a number of denominational committees.