Early American Missions from the Revolution to the Civil War
Not all evangelical missions efforts were easily identifiable as God’s providential leading. Bradley Gundlach reminds hearers of that very reality in his paper on some of the “strange providences of God” that occurred in the missionary effort from the American Revolution to the Civil War. Gundlach provides a brief overview of American missions during this time before giving sustained attention to missions both to the Indians as well as the slaves in North America. Overall, Gundlach argues evangelical missions grew and formalized in America and abroad during this period, but it often did so for a hefty price where ministry to the Indians and slaves was concerned. Though it is not Gundlach’s desire to detract from the sacrifices of these missionaries, this chapter of evangelical missions cannot be ignored.
Bradley Gundlach is Professor of History at Trinity International University. He holds degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A.), and the University of Rochester (M.A., Ph.D.). Before Trinity, Dr. Gundlach taught at Wheaton College and Wheaton Graduate School. He specializes in American intellectual, cultural, and religious history and also enjoys teaching broadly in world civilization, church history, and the philosophy and methods of history. He serves as Director of the Division of Humanities and as Book Review Editor for Fides et Historia, the journal of the Conference on Faith and History. He is the author of Process and Providence: The Evolution Question at Princeton, 1845-1929.