Course Information

Course Description

A study of the history of Christianity from its beginnings to the present. History of Christianity I is from the beginning to the Reformation. History of Christianity II is from the Reformation to the present.

Course Objectives

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an increased knowledge of the people and events important to the formation and development of later Christianity.
  2. Understand and appreciate the heritage groups beyond the Baptist family.
  3. Develop the ability to think historically and critically, placing individuals, movements, and ideas within their proper contexts.
Course Instructor(s)

Dr. McMullen

Dr. Michael McMullen was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Hull, Yorkshire. He was saved at the age of 16 and called to ministry in the same year. Before attending university, however, Dr. McMullen engaged in various kinds of employment, including work with the local fire brigade and in hospitals as an orderly and nurse. At the age of 24, Dr. McMullen began his studies at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, from which he took his Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. His doctoral work on Jonathan Edwards was financed by a major government scholarship, gained on a competitive basis, and carried on partly at Yale University. Dr. McMullen has pastored churches in Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, and in Kansas City, KS; and he presently maintains an active supply-preaching ministry in the greater Kansas City area. He has been a part-time lecturer at Aberdeen University and a distance tutor both at St. John’s College and the Open Theological College, UK.

He has authored several books, including Hearts Aflame (Triangle/SPCK), Clouds of Heaven (Triangle/SPCK), The Passionate Preacher (Christian Focus), The Prayers and Meditations of Susanna Wesley (MPH, London), God’s Polished Arrow (Christian Focus), and The Unpublished Sermons of M’Cheyne (Banner of Truth). His 2004 work, The Blessing of God (Broadman & Holman), was a Gold Medallion finalist in the Inspiration category. He is also Associate Editor (Church History) for Oxford University’s New Dictionary of National Biography.

Dr. Yeats

Dr. John Mark Yeats serves as Vice President of Student Services, Dean of Students and Student Success, Title IX Coordinator, and Professor of Church History at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College. He earned his Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and also holds degrees from Southern Seminary, Oxford University, and Criswell College.

Yeats has authored three books — Franchising McChurch: Feeding our Obsession with Easy Christianity; The Time is Come: The Rise of British Missions to the Jews, 1808-1818; and Worldviews: Think for Yourself about How We See God — and has contributed articles to multiple journals as well as the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. John Mark is married to Angie, and they have four children: Briley, Sean, Cadie, and Jackson.


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