Bill J. Leonard  

James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History

Leonard’s research focuses on Church History with particular attention to American religion, Baptist studies, and Appalachian religion. In addition to a variety of articles in journals and monographs, he is the author or editor of some 22 books including Christianity in Appalachia (1999); Baptist Ways: A History (2003); The Challenge of Being Baptist (2010); and Can I Get a Witness?: Essays, Sermons and Reflections (2013). His newest book, A Sense of the Heart: Christian Religious Experience in the U.S., will be published by Abingdon Press in October 2014. He is currently researching the history of preaching in Appalachia. Leonard is on the editorial board of the Journal of Disability and Religion, and writes a twice-monthly column for Associated Baptist Press. He is an ordained Baptist minister and a member of First Baptist Church, Highland Avenue (American Baptist Churches, USA) in Winston-Salem.

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