I am the director of the E. Morris and Leone Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah University (formerly College), where I also serve as senior lecturer in the humanities and director of archives.
As director of the Sider Institute, I draw on my training as a historian to help the college community and its founding denomination, the Brethren in Christ Church, to understand and interpret its history and theological heritage. My role involves supervising the Brethren in Christ and Messiah University archives; planning an annual study conference, lectures, and other events; coordinating grant and fellowship opportunities; speaking to faculty, students, staff, and other university constituents about the institution’s history; and more.
As a scholar, I study the history of Christianity in the United States, with interests in commemoration, memory, and material culture. My current book project, Exhibiting Evangelicalism: Commemoration, Conservative Christianity, and Religion’s Presence of the Past, is the first book-length study of the history of evangelical museums and historical sites in the twentieth- and twenty-first-century United States. I have also published numerous articles and book chapters related to the history of the Brethren in Christ Church. My work has appeared in Church History, Fides et Historia, Mennonite Quarterly Review, Brethren in Christ History and Life, The Wesleyan Theological Journal, The Conrad Grebel Review, and other elsewhere.