D. Newell Williams

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D. Newell Williams has been President and Professor of Modern and American Church History of Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University since 2003. He co-edited two books with Douglas A. Foster and Paul M. Blowers, The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History (Chalice Press, 2013) and The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2004). He is the author of Barton Stone: A Spiritual Biography (Chalice Press, 2000). He also edited A Case Study of Mainstream Protestantism: The Disciples’ Relation to American Culture, 1880-1989 (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1991). He has contributed numerous articles and chapters of books with such titles as, “Christianity in Twentieth Century America: Implications for the Twenty-First Century” (Encounter 63:3, Summer 2002, 247-261)and “Overcoming a Liberal-Conservative Divide: The Commission on Restudy of the Disciples of Christ,” (in Christian Faith Seeking Historical Understanding: Essays in Honor of H. Jack Forstman, ed. James O. Duke and Anthony L. Dunnavant, Mercer University Press, 1997, 246-276).

Dr. Williams is an Ordained Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion, and the Disciples of Christ / Roman Catholic International Dialogue. He holds a Ph.D. (1979) and M.A. (1975) from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from University of Tulsa (1971). He is married to the Rev. Sue McDougal, and they are the parents of three adult siblings. Early in his academic career, Dr. Williams served Brite as Assistant Professor of Church History and as Assistant (1978-1983) and later Associate Dean (1983-1984). From 1984 – 2003 he taught at Christian Theological Seminary, where he served as Vice President and Dean from 1992 – 1998.


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
B. A., University of Tulsa


Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • History of Christianities in the United States


  • The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History St. Louis, Mo, Chalice, 2013
  • The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004
  • Barton Stone: A Spiritual Biography St. Louis, Mo.: Chalice Press, 2000
  • A Case Study of Mainstream Protestantism: The Disciples' Relation to American Culture, 1880-1989 Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991
  • Ministry Among Disciples: Past, Present, and Future St. Louis, Mo.: Published for Council on Christian Unity by Christian Board of Publication, 1985

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Initiatives to Overcome Racism in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)” Slavery’s Long Shadow: Race and Reconciliation in American Christianity, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2019, pages 189-212
  • “Pursuit of Justice: The Antislavery Pilgrimage of Barton W. Stone” Encounter 62:1, 2001 , pages 1-23
  • "What I Learned about Churches of Christ and Christian Churches/Churches of Christ" Stone-Campbell Journal 2012, pages 165-176
  • "The Future of the Restoration Movement: A Disciple of Christ's Response" Leaven 2006 pages, 172-177
  • "Cane Ridge," "Finis Ewing," "Barton W. Stone," "Last Will and Testament of Springfield Presbytery" Encyclopedia of Religion in the South Macon: Mercer University Press, 2005
  • "Two Hundred Years Young: The Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery" Christian Standard 139 2004, pages 712-713
  • "Barton Stone in 1804: From Port Tobacco to Cane Ridge" Stone-Campbell Journal 2004, pages 189-209
  • "The Separation of the Springfield Presbytery from the Synod of Kentucky: Predestination or the Revival?" Discipliana 2003, pages 67-79