About the Project Partners

Steering Committee

Dr. Margaret Bendroth is Executive Director of the American Congregational Association and a historian of American religion and culture. Her works include Fundamentalism and Gender, 1875 to the Present (Yale 1993), Growing Up Protestant: Parents, Children, and Mainline Churches (Rutgers 2002), and Fundamentalists in the City: Conflict and Division in Boston's Churches, 1885-1950 (Oxford 2005). Most recently she contributed the entry on "fundamentalism" for the Cambridge History of Religions in America (Cambridge Press 2012).

Dr. James Cooper, Professor of History, Oklahoma State University, and PPCR Director. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Dr. Cooper has been working with early Congregational church manuscripts for over thirty years, and is the nation's leading authority on these documents. He has written Tenacious of Their Liberties: The Congregationalists in Colonial Massachusetts (Oxford 1999) and has published edited volumes of church records in partnership with Dr. Kenneth Minkema of the Edwards Center.

Rev. Dr. Charles Hambrick-Stowe is senior pastor of the First Congregational Church in Ridgefield, CT, and a historian of American religion, best-known for his now classic book on New England spirituality, The Practice of Piety: Puritan Devotional Disciplines in Seventeenth-Century New England (North Carolina 1982). He has also edited and authored other works, including Charles G. Finney and the Spirit of American Evangelicalism (Eerdmans 1996).

Dave and Donna Irving, from the Congregational church of Rowley, MA, are experienced, college-level history instructors and Rowley's local church historians. They played a key role in the recent discovery of a seventeenth-century record book, one of the most valuable early American documents extant.

James McDonald, from the Middleboro, MA, Congregational church is one of the most dedicated and experienced church historians in New England, responsible for the recovery of the Middleboro transcription materials. Mr. McDonald serves with the Irvings as liaisons with local churches in the region.

Dr. Kenneth Minkema has served as Director of Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University for eighteen years. He has published widely on Edwards and religion in Colonial New England, including his role as Executive Editor and director of the Works of Jonathan Edwards.

Linda Smith Rhoads is Editor Emerita of The New England Quarterly: A Historical Review of New England Life and Letters. In the course of editing the journal, she worked with hundreds of established and rising scholars seeking to understand the origins and progress of New England Congregationalism.

Dr. Harry S. Stout, Professor of History, Yale University, is one of America's foremost historians. Dr. Stout has written path-breaking studies of early New England (The New England Soul 1986) and the American Civil War (Upon the Altar of the Nation, 2006).

Dr. Douglas Winiarski is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at the University of Richmond. A leading expert on the use of church records, his forthcoming monograph, "Darkness Falls on the Land of Light", explores the transformation of New England Congregationalism during the eighteenth century.


Partner Institution

Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale

The mission of the Jonathan Edwards Center is to support inquiry into the life, writings, and legacy of Jonathan Edwards by providing resources that encourage critical appraisal of the historical importance and contemporary relevance of America's premier theologian. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University (JEC) came into being in October 2003, on the three-hundredth anniversary of Jonathan Edwards' birth. The JEC grew out of the offices of the Works of Jonathan Edwards, the contemporary critical print edition of selections from the Edwards papers.

The JEC is vital to this project, as they are hosting the final images and transcriptions in their FirstSource system.


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