Christian Educators of the 20th Century Project

The Christian Educators of the 20th Century project was funded by the Lilly Endowment and is a web-based database. This site provides entries on about 200 Christian education leaders of the 20th century who had a significant impact on the field of Christian education in North America. It has entries on Catholic, Protestant (mainline and evangelical), and Orthodox Christian education leaders, including: pictures, biographical essays, essays on their contributions to the field of Christian education, bibliographies of their publications, excerpts of their writings, and a beginning reading list for those who have never read anything by them.

The project has proved useful for people seeking to understand the influence and contributions of particular Christian education leaders and to identify essential readings on their ideas. This has been helpful in college and seminary courses on the recent history of Christian education. It has also been useful for those seeking to understand the origins of current educational ministry practices within their denomination and/or theological tradition, or to examine practices in other traditions. Several entries from this project have been adapted and published in various books and journals.

Dr. Kevin E. Lawson
Director, Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in Educational Studies
Editor, Christian Education Journal
Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Think about how you might use this wealth of wisdom from the past to assess and enhance your educational ministry today. What ideas do you have for using this free data base?

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