CCU Spotlights

Gary Steward

Gary Steward

Assistant Professor of History
School of Humanities and Sciences

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Church History & Historical Theology (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
  • Th.M. Historical Theology (Westminster Theological Seminary)
  • M.Div. (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
  • B.A. History (South Dakota State University)


Phone: (303) 963-3112

Professional Accomplishments:

I grew up in rural South Dakota and majored in History at South Dakota State University.  After this I studied for three years under John Piper at the Bethlehem Institute in Minneapolis and then completed a master's of divinity degree in Louisville.  After getting married to my wife Amy, I served for seven years as a pastor in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, where our three kids were born.  While a pastor there I also completed a master's of theology degree in historical theology, with my thesis focusing on J. W. Alexander's views on Christian social reform in nineteenth century America.  Out of this study grew my first book, which overviews the theologians and theology of Princeton Seminary in the nineteenth century (P&R, 2014).

Right now I'm working on a doctoral dissertation that examines the American Revolution and the American clergy's support of it.  This project combines my interests in American History, theology, and political philosophy.  I love learning and I love leading others into the exciting world of the past, which never ceases to inspire and fascinate me.


God’s Design for Manhood and Womanhood (2015), P&R Publishing, Phillipsburg, NJ

Princeton Seminary (1812-1929): Its Leaders and Their Works (December 2014), P&R Publishing, Phillipsburg, NJ

“Old Princeton and American Culture: Insights from J. W. Alexander,” The Confessional Presbyterian (2012)

“Samuel Miller’s Triumph over Pastoral Distraction,” Credo (August 2012)

“The Calvinistic Soteriology of Jonathan Dickinson,” The Confessional Presbyterian (2011)

Rejoicing in God’s Good Design (2011), Children Desiring God, Minneapolis, MN

Book Reviews:
A Scribe Well-Trained by James Garretson (book review), Credo (August 2012)

Princeton and the Work of the Christian Ministry and Pastor-Teachers of Old Princeton by James Garretson (book review), Credo (August 2012)

Christian America? by David Cornett (book review), Southern Baptist Journal of Theology (Summer 2012)

Jonathan Edwards: The Holy Spirit in Revival by Michael Haykin (book review), The Banner of Truth, November 2006

“Justifying the American Revolution: American Clergy & Reformed Resistance Theory,” Christians in Political Science Conference, Azusa (2014)

“Evangelicalism & the American Revolution: Insights from Reformed Political Thought,” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Baltimore (2013)

“Old Princeton and the Reform of Nineteenth Century America,” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Milwaukee (2012)

“Old Princeton and American Culture: Insights from James W. Alexander,” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Francisco (2011)

Faith and Learning:

I strive to teach history in such a way that inspires and challenges students to consider historical questions from a distinctly Christian perspective.  Teaching history, for me, is an extension of Christian discipleship, since how we understand the past greatly affects how we approach the challenges facing us today.

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