Douglas M. Strong
Dean of the School of Theology,
Professor of the History of Christianity
Office: Alexander Hall
Education: BA, Houghton College, 1978; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1981; PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1990. At SPU since 2007.
In addition to his role as dean, Douglas Strong teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Theology.
Dr. Strong’s field of study is American religious history, particularly the history of 19th-century revivalism, social reform, and the Wesleyan/Holiness movement in America. He is a past president of the Wesleyan Theological Society, a co-convener of the History of Methodism Working Group of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, and is on the Steering Committee of the Wesleyan Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion. He has conducted several Wesley Heritage Study Tours to England.
He has also led students on numerous trips to Russia. He has taught four times at the Theological Seminary of the Russian Methodist Church, and served on that school’s board of trustees. He taught at two theological schools in Korea. He is committed to intercultural learning as essential for students preparing to live out their Christian vocation in a global society.
Dr. Strong is an ordained clergyman in the United Methodist Church and served for eight years as a pastor in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He is especially interested in reviving the Wesleyan practice of small-group accountable discipleship among today’s Christians.
Rediscovering an Evangelical Heritage: A Tradition and Trajectory of Integrating Piety and Justice, with Donald Dayton (2nd Edition)
Mt. Baker Publishing, 2014
Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley's Sermons for Today
Discipleship Resources, 2007
Perfectionist Politics: Abolitionism and the Religious Tensions of American Democracy
Syracuse University Press, 1999
They Walked in the Spirit: Personal Faith and Social Action in America
Westminster John Knox, 1997
Readings in Christian Ethics: A Historical Sourcebook
Westminster John Knox, 1996
Please view Dr. Strong's CV (PDF) for additional publications.