Larry Eskridge, Ph. D.

Guest Instructor in History
On Faculty since 1992

Office: BL 216
Phone: (630)752-5937
Fax: (630)752-5294


Ph.D. University of Stirling, Scotland, 2005.

University of Notre Dame: 15 hours taken in the History Dept. as part-time doctoral student, 1992-1995.

M.A. (History), University of Maryland at College Park, May 1985.

B.A. (History/English-Communications) summa cum laude, Trinity College (IL), May 1982.

About Larry Eskridge

Dr. Eskridge joined the Institute in the role of Interim Administrator in 1988 and has served as its associate director since 1993. Additionally, over the years he has taught a number of courses on American history and the history of American religion for Wheaton’s History department.

Dr. Eskridge is the author of a book on the Jesus People movement of the 1960s and 1970s, God’s Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America (Oxford University Press, 2013).  With Mark Noll, he was co-editor of More Money, More Ministry: Evangelicals and Money in Recent North American History (Eerdmans, 2000). Eskridge is also the executive producer of a recently-released, ISAE-produced, 6-part DVD series entitled People of Faith: Christianity in America (Vision Video, 2012).  Recently he has been enlisted to write the entry on "North American Evangelicalism" for the World Evangelical Alliance's forthcoming Handbook of Evangelicals in the 21st Century (Stiller & Hutchinson, editors).

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Historical Association
  • American Society of Church History
  • Conference on Faith & History
  • Society of Pentecostal Studies
  • Baptist History & Heritage Society
  • Advisory Board, Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (ISAAC)

Courses Taught:

  • The Vietnam War
  • The 1960s and Cultural Change
  • Modern American Evangelicalism Since 1941
  • The Jesus People Movement & American Evangelicalism
  • Pop Music in American Culture, 1940-1999
  • U.S. History 
  • The South in American History


God’s Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America. (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Co-editor, with Edith L. Blumhofer, Saving the World? The Changing Terrain of American Protestant Missions, 1910 to the Present (University of Alabama Press, forthcoming).

Entry for “Jesus People” in Evangelicals and Popular Culture, Robert H. Woods, Jr., ed. (Praeger Publishing, forthcoming).

Entry for “Francis August Schaeffer,” in Religion, Past and Present, Volume XI (Brill, forthcoming).

Preface for Kent Philpott, Awakenings in America and the Jesus People Movement (Mill Valley, CA: Earthen Vessel Publishing, 2011).

“Jesus Freaks,” Glimpses of Christian History (Nov. 7. 2010).

Entry for “Youth for Christ” in Hans Dieter Betz, et al., editors, Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Volume 8 (J.C.B. Mohr, 2010).

Entries for “Bono,” “Charles Colson,” “Contemporary Christian Music,” “Jesus People Movement,” and “Tim and Beverly LaHaye” in Roger Chapman, ed., Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars (M.E. Sharpe, 2009).

Entries for “Francis Schaeffer,” “C.I. Scofield,” and “Scopes Trial” in Hans Dieter Betz, et al., editors, Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Volume 7 (J.C.B. Mohr, 2008).

"The ‘Praise and Worship’ Revolution” for the Christian History website >>, posted October 29, 2008.

“Looky-Here! Those Evangelicals Sure Are Interesting Folks….” Evangelical Studies Bulletin, Issue 67 (Spring 2008), pp. 1-7.

“Beyond Buddy Christ: Transcending Our Tendency to Remake Christ in Our Own Images,” Youth Worker Journal XXIII: 1(September/October 2006), pp. 52-54.

“Slain by the Music,” The Christian Century 123:5 (March 7, 2006), pp. 18-20.

Entry for “Money and Revivals,” in Michael J. McClymond, ed., Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America (Greenwood Press, 2006).

Entries for “Jesus People Movement” and “National Association of Evangelicals” in Erwin Fahlbusch, et al., editors, The Encyclopedia of Christianity, Volume 3 (J-N) (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2003).

Entries for “Jill and Stuart Briscoe,” “Charles Colson,” “Walter A. Maier,” “J. Howard Pew,” and “Paul Rader,” in Timothy Larsen, ed., Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals (Inter-Varsity Press, UK, 2003).

“Southwestern’s Predicament” (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), Christianity Today, (May 21, 2002): 44-45.

Entries for “Campus Crusade for Christ,” “Young Life,” “Youth,” and “Youth for Christ” in, Brenda Brasher, ed., Encyclopedia of Fundamentalism (Routledge, 2001)

“And the Most Influential Evangelical of the Last 25 Years Is ....,” Evangelical Studies Bulletin 17:4 (Winter 2001): 1-4.

Co-editor, with Mark A. Noll, More Money, More Ministry: Money and Evangelicals in Recent American History (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000).

“Money Matters: The Phenomenon of Financial Counselor Larry Burkett and Christian Financial Concepts” in above: 311-350.

“The Christian Financial Answer Man: When Larry Burkett Speaks, Evangelicals Listen.” Christianity Today (June 12, 2000): 44-52.

Entries for “Campus Crusade for Christ,” “InterVarsity Christian Fellowship,” “Navigators,” and “Youth for Christ,” in Wade Clark Roof, et al., editors, Contemporary American Religion (Macmillan, 2000).

"A Sign For An Unbelieving Age: Evangelicals and the Search for Noah's Ark," in David Livingstone and D.G. Hart, editors, Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective (Oxford University Press, 1999): 244-263.

Entries for evangelical broadcasters “Donald Grey Barnhouse,” “R. R. Brown,” “Paul Rader,” and “Alma White” in American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 1999).

Entry for “Counterculture," in Erwin Fahlbusch et al., editors, The Encyclopedia of Christianity, Volume 1 (A-D) (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1999). "One Way: Billy Graham, the 'Jesus Generation,' and the Idea of An Evangelical Youth Culture," Church History 67: 1(March 1998): 83-106.

"Campus Life," entry in P. Mark Fackler and Charles H. Lippy, Popular Religious Magazines of the United States (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing, 1995): 78-87.

"Bibliographic Afterword" in George A. Rawlyk and Mark A. Noll, eds., Amazing Grace: Evangelicalism in Australia, Britain, Canada, and the United States (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1993): 401-409.

"Prophecy," "Mass Media and Entertainment" (co-author with Randall Balmer), "Arts and Letters" (co-author with Mark A. Noll), in Edith L. Blumhofer and Joel A. Carpenter, eds., Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism: A Guide to the Sources (New York: Garland Press, 1990).

"Evangelical Broadcasting: Its Meaning for Evangelicals," in Miles Bradbury and James Gilbert, eds., Transforming Faith: The Sacred and the Secular in Modern American History (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1989), 127-139.

Miscellaneous Book Reviews in The Maryland Historian, The Journal of Communications, Fides et Historia, The Evangelical Studies Bulletin, Church History, North Carolina Historical Review, The Catholic Historical Review.

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