Jeffrey Williams

Brite Divinity School educates and inspires people to serve God's diverse world as leaders in churches, the academy, and public life.

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Jeffrey Williams came to Brite in 2005 as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and joined the faculty in 2010. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of American Religious History and religion and violence. A member of the American Academy of Religion and American Society of Church History, Williams is the author of Religion and Violence in Early American Methodism: Taking the Kingdom by Force (Indiana University Press, 2010). His current research focuses on religion and the War of 1812.


Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University, School of Religion
M.A. Vanderbilt University
M.A.R. Westminster Theological Seminary
B.A. Franklin and Marshall College


  • Issues in American Religious Life and Thought – Christianity and Social Action in the Twentieth Century
  • Anglican History: A Case Study in World Christianity
  • Dissertation/Thesis Research in Library
  • Issues in American Religious Life and Thought: Christianity and Social Reform in the Nineteenth Century.


  • Institutional Change in Theological Education: A History of Brite Divinity School. co-edited this with Mark G. Toulouse and Dyan M. Dietz. (Fort Worth: TCU Press, 2011).
  • Religion and Violence in Early American Methodism: Taking the Kingdom by Force. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010)

Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Book Reviews

  • Review of “From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America” ed. John D. Carlson and Jonathan H. Ebel (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012). Journal of American History
  • “Capitalism, the Bible, and American Christianity,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, ed. Hans-Josef Klauck et al (Berlin: de Gruyter)
  • “‘The Power to Kill and Make Alive’: ‘Violence’ and the Religious World of Early Methodists,” Methodist History XLVI, no. 2 (January 2008): 87-100
  • “Pacifism and Conscientious Objection,” Encyclopedia of Religion in America, ed. Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams (Washington D.C.: CQ Press, 2010)


  • “‘The Kingdom of Heaven Suffers Force’”: Religion and Violence in the Early American Republic,” October 2005 Canadian Association of American Studies, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • “Conversion and Communitas: Rethinking the Historiography on Early American Methodism,” November 2003 American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Georgia
  • “The Male Body as Afflicted and Afflicter: Evangelicalism and Masculinity in the Early American Republic,” November, 2002 American Academy of Religion, Toronto, Canada
  • “Relations and Community: White Evangelical Men’s Autobiographical Writing In the U.S. Old West,” March, 2001 Western Region American Academy of Religion, Claremont, California

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion
American Society of Church History