Bruce Guenther, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Church History and Mennonite Studies

B.A. (Providence College); M.C.S. (Regent College); Ph.D (McGill).


Evangelicalism and fundamentalism in North America, history of theological education in Canada, Mennonite studies in Canada.

Awards & Honors

Notable accomplishments and experiences

President, Canadian Society of Church History (2008).

Trinity Western University/Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Institutional Grant with Michael Wilkinson on behalf of Religion in Canada Institute (2007).

D.F. Plett Historical Research Foundation Inc. Research Grant (2005).

Trinity Western University/Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Institutional Grant (2005, 2001).

Recent Publications

“Reflections on Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Anabaptist Identity. ”In Renewing Identity and Mission: Mennonite Brethren Reflections After 150 Years, eds. Abe Dueck, Bruce L. Guenther, and Doug Heidebrecht, 47-82. Winnipeg: Kindred Productions, 2011.

“Life in a Muddy World: Historical and Theological Reflections on Denominationalism.” In New Perspectives in Believers Church Ecclesiology: Congregationalism, Denominationalism and the Body of Christ, eds. Abe Dueck, Helmut Harder and Karl Koop, 51-72. Winnipeg: CMU Press, 2010.

“Pentecostal Theological Education: A Case Study of Western Bible College (1925-1950).” In Canadian Pentecostalism: Transition and Transformation, ed. Michael Wilkinson, 99-122. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.

“‘From the Edge of Oblivion’: Reflections on Evangelical Protestant Denominational Historiography in Canada.” Presidential Address. Historical Papers: Canadian Society of Church History (2008): 153-174.

“Ethnicity and Evangelical Protestants in Canada.” In Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada, eds. Paul Bramadat and David Seljak, 365-414. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.

“Evangelicalism within Mennonite Historiography: The Decline of Anabaptism or a Path Towards Dynamic Ecumenism?” Journal of Mennonite Studies 24 (2006): 35-53.

“Rediscovering the Value of History and Tradition.” In Out of the Strange Silence: The Challenge of Being Christian in the 21st Century, eds. Tim Geddert and Ray Bystrom. Winnipeg: Kindred Productions and Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, 2005.

“‘I Want to Become a More Efficient Worker for the Lord': Mennonite Bible Schools in the Central Fraser Valley, 1930-1960.” In First Nations and First Settlers in the Central Fraser Valley: 1890-1960, eds. Harvey Neufeldt, Ruth Derksen Siemens and Robert Martens. Kitchener: Pandora Press, 2005.

“Slithering Down the Plank of Intellectualism? The Canadian Conference of Christian Educators and the Impulse Towards Accreditation Among Canadian Bible Schools During the 1960s.” Historical Studies in Education 16, No. 2 (2004): 197-228.

“The Road Less Traveled: The Evangelical Path of Kanadier Mennonites Who Returned to Canada.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 22 (2004): 145-166.

“‘Wrenching Our Youth Away from Frivolous Pursuits': Mennonite Brethren Involvement in Bible Schools in Western Canada, 1913-1960.” Crux 38, No. 4 (December 2002): 32-41.

“Living with the Virus: The Enigma of Evangelicalism among Mennonites in Canada.” In Aspects of the Canadian Evangelical Experience, ed. George Rawlyk. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 1997.

“Convergence of Old Colony Mennonites, Evangelicalism and Contemporary Canadian Culture – A Case Study of Osler Mission Chapel (1974-1994).” Journal of Mennonite Studies 14 (1996): 96-123.