Douglas A. Foster

Professor of Church History; Director, Center for Restoration Studies
B.A., David Lipscomb University
M.A., Scarritt College
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


ACU Box 29429
Abilene, TX 79699

Research Interests:  Reformation and modern Christianity, American Christianity, Stone-Campbell Movement history and theology, ecclesiology, and ecumenism.
Personal Interests: Folk music, film, historical fiction, international travel.

Courses Taught: History of American Christianity, Advanced Restoration History, History of Christianity II, Ecumenical Ecclesiology, Issues in Global Christianity.

Some Publications:

  • One of three General Editors for The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement published by Eerdman's.
  • Co-editor and writer for new global history of the Stone-Campbell Movement.
  • Research and writing for biography of Alexander Campbell to be published in the Eerdmans series “Library of Religious Biography." Forthcoming.
  • Author of Renewing God’s People: A Concise History of Churches of Christ published by ACU Press.
  • Author of "The Story of Churches of Christ" a DVD published by ACU. 
  • Author of  "Restorations and New Movements in North America" to be published in 2016.

I am from Tuscumbia, Alabama, the birthplace of Helen Keller.  I lived for over twenty years in Nashville, Tennessee until I accepted the position at ACU in 1991. I have a wonderful wife of over 30 years—Linda—who I met while working at the Jackson Park Church in Nashville.  We have two great children: Mary Elizabeth Riedel and Mark and one grandson, Gavin, who was born August 10, 2010; and one granddaughter who was born on June 5, 2013. I think my best friends would say that I am organized, loyal, somewhat private, like to try to solve problems, and dedicated to the pursuit of unity among Christians.


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