Charles Cotherman

Class 2017
Hometown Oil City, Pennsylvania
Department Religious Studies
B.A. Grove City College (2006)
M.Div. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (2012)
M.A. University of Virginia (2016)

Charlie’s work focuses on the history and development of evangelical forms of Christianity within North America. He is especially interested in the ways in which evangelicals and other conservative Christians have interacted with American culture–especially politics and higher education–in the twentieth century.

Currently, Charlie is writing a dissertation titled: ‘The Evangelical Study Center Movement: Francis Schaeffer, James Houston, and the Awakening of the Lay Evangelical Mind.’



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