Harvard Press, PBS, and NPR Feature Stellar Biographical Work by CCU Alum

Colorado Christian University alum Dr. Matthew Avery Sutton will appear on television screens nationwide on April 2, 2007, during a one hour documentary film entitled "Sister Aimee." Part of PBS's American Experience series, the film is based on Sutton's newly released book and features an interview with the author.

The book, "Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America," will be released this month by Harvard University Press. The page-turner is a definitive study on McPherson (1890-1944) -- the flamboyant and often controversial Hollywood evangelist, media sensation, and founder of The Foursquare Church.

Sutton's book is already gaining praise for its superb research, argumentation, socio-political analysis, and vibrant writing style. Local newspapers as well as local and national radio programs have recently met with the biographer to discuss his new work.

"We are proud of Matt's important work, not only on the life and significance of Aimee Semple McPherson, but also on American Christianity in the early twentieth century -- an era in which our heritage school, Denver Bible Institute, was founded," said CCU Professor of History Dr. Stanley Dyck, one of Sutton's former instructors.

On April 1, C. Welton Gaddy will interview Sutton on Air America's "State of Belief." National Public Radio's Renee Montagne will air her interview with Sutton during the April 2 broadcast of "Morning Edition." With nearly 13 million listeners, the program attracts public radio's largest audience. The USA Radio Network will also feature Sutton on April 2. And on Sunday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), he will do a 30-minute live interview on XM Satellite Radio's "For Heaven's Sake with Beverly Burke."

Dr. Sutton graduated from CCU in 1996 with a double major in biblical studies and history. He earned his Ph.D. in American religious history in 2005 from the University of California-Santa Barbara, and is now Assistant Professor of History at Oakland University in Michigan. His major fields of study include U.S. cultural, intellectual, and religious history.

Read publisher information about Sutton's book. Learn more about the April 2 "Sister Aimee" PBS documentary.