Jennifer Powell McNutt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology and History of Christianity
On Faculty since 2008

Office: BGC 541


Ph.D. History, Reformation Studies Institute, University of St. Andrews, 2008

M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2003

B.A. Religious Studies, Westmont College, 2000

These degrees include additional studies at the University of Oxford, Jerusalem University College, Université de Genève, Institut Catholique de Paris, and Universität Heidelberg.

About Jennifer Powell McNutt

The primary focus of my research and teaching is on the history of the Reformation with a particular focus on John Calvin and the Reformed tradition. I serve as a Board of Trustees Member for the Calvin Studies Society as well as a Steering Committee Member of the Reformed Theology and History Group for the American Academy of Religion.

The larger scope of my work explores the development and role of Christianity in European society from the Reformation period through the Enlightenment. My book – Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798 (Ashgate, 2014) – reflects part of the scope of my interest. This contribution to the field was the basis for my election to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2014 and was awarded the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize (2014) by the American Society of Church History.

Currently, I am engaged in research, writing, and speaking on the history of the Bible during the Reformation period. I co-authored the edited volume entitled, The People’s Book: The Bible and the Reformation (InterVarsity Press, April 2017). I am currently researching and writing a monograph on the history of the French Bible from the sixteenth through the eighteenth century with emphasis on the history of the Geneva French Bible. The archival research for this work has been supported by The Huntington Library’s Andrew Mellon Research Fellowship, The Huntington-Trinity Hall Cambridge Exchange Fellowship, Wheaton College’s Faculty Global Research Award, and Wheaton College’s Alumni Association Grant. Additionally, I am co-editing The Oxford Handbook of the Bible and the Reformation with Prof. Herman Selderhuis (contracted with Oxford University Press) as well as the Reformation Commentary on Scripture Series volume, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude (InterVarsity Press, 2020).

For the Biblical and Theological Studies Department, I serve as the degree coordinator of the M.A. programs in Theology and History of Christianity. It is my joy and privilege to equip students in these fields while supporting and mentoring them as they develop intellectually and spiritually in their vocational pursuits.

Available Speaker

If you are interested in booking me to speak at your academic institution or at your church body particularly for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at

I will be speaking at a number of institutions across the country on the Reformation and the Bible this coming fall 2017 and would be delighted to visit your institution. I have also filmed an online course for LOGOS’s Mobile Ed Curriculum entitled, “Milestones of the Protestant Reformation

I have delivered papers at some of the following venues:

  • Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
  • Calvin Studies Society Conference
  • American Society of Church History Conference
  • Sussex Centre for Intellectual History
  • Calvin Congress
  • the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference
  • Université de Genève
  • Westminster Seminary California
  • University of St. Andrews.

Forthcoming speaking engagements include:

  • The Society for Biblical Literature Conference
  • Evangelical Theological Society Conference
  • Brigham Young University
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Hope International University for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Professional Honors

The Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize (2014) – Awarded by American Society of Church History for outstanding scholarship in church history by a first-time author: Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798.

Sidney E. Mead Prize (2005) – Awarded by American Society of Church History for outstanding essay by doctoral student: “Hesitant Steps: Protestant Acceptance of the Gregorian Calendar in Eighteenth-Century Geneva.”

Leland Ryken Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities (Dec. 2013) –  Awarded by Wheaton College for a distinguished faculty member in the Humanities whose teaching exemplifies excellence in the classroom and a deep commitment to inspiring students to realize the ideals of careful scholarship in their own work

Overseas Research Student Award (2003-2006) – Universities U.K., University of St. Andrews

Select Publications



  • Jennifer Powell McNutt and David Lauber, eds. The People’s Book: The Reformation and the Bible (IVP, 2017).
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva during the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798, Eighteenth-Century Studies Series (Ashgate, 2014).

(In Process)

  • Jennifer Powell McNutt and Herman Selderhuis, eds. The Oxford Handbook of the Bible and the Reformation (Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude in Reformation Commentary on Scripture Series (InterVarsity Press, 2020).
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, A History of the Early Modern French Bible (archival research in process)
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt and Richard Whatmore, Geneva: City of Enlightenment, City of Revolution (research and writing in process)

Articles and Essays  

(In Process)

  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “The Reformation” in Since the Beginning: Interpreting Genesis 1-2 Through the Ages, ed. Kyle Greenwood (Baker Academic).
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “The Reasonable Calvinist: Jacob Vernet and Geneva during the Enlightenment” in The Oxford Handbook of Calvinism, eds Bruce Gordon and Carl Trueman (Oxford University Press).
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Calvin Legends: Hagiology and Demonology” in Calvin in Context, ed. Ward Holder (Cambridge University Press)
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Seventeen and eighteenth century Geneva” in A Companion to the Reformation in Geneva, eds Jon Balserak and Andrew Spicer (Brill)


  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Reformed Preaching in the Age of Enlightenment:
    A Comparison of Jonathan Erskine’s ‘Enlightened Evangelicalism’ with Geneva’s ‘Reasonable Calvinism’” in Intellectual History Review Journal, special issue, 26:3 (Sept. 2016), pp. 371-389.
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Replacing Calvin? Calvin's Catechism in Eighteenth-Century Geneva" in Calvin and the Book, Calvin Studies Society Colloquium 2013 (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, July 2015), pp. 57-76.
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “James, ‘The Book of Straw,’ in Reformation Biblical Exegesis: A Comparison of Luther and the Radicals” in Reconsidering the Relationship between Biblical and Systematic Theology in the New Testament: Essays by Theologians and New Testament Scholars, eds Benjamin E. Reynolds, Brian Lugioyo and Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Mohr Siebeck, July 2014), pp. 157-176.
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “What is the meaning of evil and suffering?” in Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language, eds. Gary Burge and David Lauber (Downer’s Grove: IVP, Feb. 2014), pp. 80-94.
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt and Richard Whatmore, “The Attempts to Transfer the Genevan Academy to Ireland and America, 1782-1795” in The Historical Journal, 56:2 (June, 2013), pp. 345-368.
  • Timothy Larsen and Jennifer Powell McNutt, “The Reformation and Protestantism” in The Book of Books: Biblical Canon, Dissemination, and Its People, eds Jerry Pattengale, Lawrence H. Schiffman, and Filip Vukosavović (Israel: Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, 2013), pp. 102-105.
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “The Consolation of Criminals: Clergy and State Dynamics in Eighteenth-Century Geneva” in Bulletin de la Société d’histoire et d’archéologie de Genève, 40 (2010), pp. 55-66.
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Hesitant Steps: Acceptance of the Gregorian Calendar in Eighteenth-Century Geneva” in Church History Journal, vol. 75, n.3 (Sept. 2006), pp. 544-564. [Essay awarded the Sidney E. Mead Prize (2005), American Society of Church History]

Encyclopedia / Dictionary Articles

  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “John Calvin” and “Charles Hodge” in Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science, eds. Chris Reese, Paul Copan, Tremper Longman, and Mike Strauss (Zondervan – Forthcoming April 2017)
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Extra calvinisticum” and “Reformation, Catholic” in Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 3rd ed., Dan Treier (Baker Academic – Forthcoming Nov. 2017).
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Theocracy” in New Dictionary of Theology, rev. (InterVarsity Press, 2016), pp. 896-897.
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “The Educational Principles of Calvin’s Geneva” in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, eds Mark Lamport and George Thomas Kurian, vol. 1 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), pp. 182-183.
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Geneva Academy” in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, eds Mark Lamport and George Thomas Kurian, vol. 2 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), pp. 536-537.
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Francis Bacon” and “Pierre Bayle” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception: Athena-Blessing, ed. Hermann Spieckermann, vol. 3 (Walter de Gruyter, 2011), pp. 334, 622-623.
  • Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Edict of Nantes”, “Henry IV” and “The Elizabethan Settlement” in The Westminster Handbook to Theologies of the Reformation, ed. R. Ward Holder (Westminster John Knox, 2010), pp. 60-61, 63, and 80.

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Courses Taught

  • CE 131: Introduction to Spiritual Formation
  • BITH 372: Historical Theology
  • BITH 377/ SCI 490: Theology & Science
  • BITH 485 / 558-3: The Theology of Martin Luther
  • BITH 486 / 558-2 / 793: Theology of John Calvin
  • BITH 558-3: Religion & Science: Galileo to Darwin
  • BITH 576: History of Christianity to 1900
  • BITH 577: Modern World Christianity
  • BITH 581: The Reformation
  • BITH 655: Historical Theology: Reformation
  • BITH 677: Puritans
  • BITH 677: The Radical Reformation
  • BITH 677: The Reformation & the Bible
  • BITH 683: Historiography
  • BITH 684: Methods in Scholarship
  • BITH 687: The Reformed Tradition in America
  • BITH 695-4: Independent Studies (2010-Present): Eastern Orthodoxy & Reformers; Church & the French Revolution; The Reformers and the Canon; French for Reading; The Enlightenment; Early Modern Anabaptists & Jews; The Rise of the Cult of Mary; English & Scottish Puritans; Medieval European Conversions; Discipline in Colonial America; Luther and Deification; The Origins of Paedobaptism
  • BITH 698 (M.A. Thesis Advisor and Reader): Jacob Evans, “The Myth of Pluralism” (2009); Gretchen Ellis, “Distinction without Separation: The Milieu of John Calvin's Doctrine of Union with Christ and the Duplex Gratia of Justification and Sanctification” (2009); Juan Fernando, “Wonder and Evil: How Iberian Epics and Religious Texts Shaped the Self in the Early Modern Atlantic” (2016-2017)
  • BITH Ph.D. Program – Second Reader for Ben Dally’s doctoral dissertation, Recompensed According to Deeds: Christian Identity and Eschatological Experience in 2 Cor. 5:10 (2013-2017)
  • BITH Ph.D. Program – French Language Examiner (2010-2015)

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