Dr. William Ringenberg

William Ringenberg

Professor of History - Part-time

Office Location: Zondervan Library 212
Phone: 765-998-5422
Email: wlringenb@taylor.edu

Specialties: american civil war era, american religious history, twentieth century america


Major career accomplishments:

In the 1970s, I served with George Marsden (then of Calvin College) as one of the founding board members of the Christian Scholars Review. Then, in the 1980s, I served a two-year term as president of the Conference on Faith and History, and later was a part-time United Methodist minister.

I wrote two Taylor histories:  Taylor University:  The First 125 Years (1973) and Taylor University:  The First 150 Years (1996); and the more broadly-based The Christian College:  A History of Protestant Higher Education in America (1984 and 2006).

In addition to Christian higher education, my research articles have tended to focus on biographies of religious figures, the religious thought and practice of American presidents (Garfield--the only preacher to go to the White House--and Benjamin Harrison of Indianapolis), Mormons, Mennonites, and war and peace issues.

Current Projects:

My current projects include:  An orientation course for new faculty, based upon my book The Christian College: A History of Protestant Education in America, for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities; My autobiography, The Journey and the Quest; and a book length monograph on The Christian College and Academic Freedom.