Paul Gutacker

Paul Gutacker
Temporary Full-Time Lecturer
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Fall 2022 Office Hours


Specialties/Research Interests

U.S. Religious and Intellectual History, History of Christianity, Anti-Catholicism, Memory and Tradition 

  • Ph.D. in History, Baylor University, 2019
  • Th.M. in Church History, Regent College, 2014
  • M.A. in Theological Studies (History of Christianity), Regent College, 2013
  • B.A. in Communication Studies, Bryan College, 2008
Selected Publications


The Old Faith in a New Nation: American Protestants and the Christian Past. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming. 

Book Chapter 

“Revivalism,” co-authored with Thomas S. Kidd, in The Oxford Handbook to Early Evangelicalism. Forthcoming. 

Selected Articles and Review Essays 

“Seventeen Centuries of Sin: The Christian Past in Antebellum Slavery Debates.” Church History 89, no. 2 (June 2020): 307–332. 

“What We Have Done and What We Have Left Undone: Christian History as Confession.” International Journal of Christianity & Education 23, no. 2 (July 2019): 204–30.  

“Recovering the Ancient Roots of Evangelical Protestantism.” Fides et Historia 50, no. 2 (Fall 2018): 144–150. 

“Joseph Milner and his editors: eighteenth- and nineteenth-century evangelicals and the Christian past.” The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 69, no. 1 (January 2018), 86–104. doi:10.1017/S0022046917000744. 

“The Past Judging the Present: Joseph Milner's Evangelical Critique of Eighteenth-Century Britain.” CRUX 49, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 22–30. 

Blog Posts 

Resisting the Vice of Curiosity: Reflections on a PhD Quest for Knowledge.” Bear Tracks, Baylor Graduate School. November 2020. 

Don’t Think For Yourself: Attention, Discernment, and Community.” Bear Tracks, Baylor Graduate School. October 2019. 

Forming Communities of Practice.” Covenant Blog, The Living Church Foundation. April 2018. 

The Christian Past in the Early Republic: Church History, Disestablishment, and American Exceptionalism.” Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. September 2017.  

Leaving Christendom Behind: The Historiographic Roots of American Religious Freedom.” Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. July 2017.  


  • Nominated for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, Baylor University, 2019
  • Recipient of Military Challenge Coin, Baylor Veteran Educational and Transition Services, 2018
  • Graduate School Presidential Scholarship, Baylor University, 2014–2019
  • Florence Bell Scholar Award, Drew University, 2018
  • Audience Choice Award, Three Minute Thesis Competition, Baylor University, 2017
  • Doctoral Research Travel Award, Graduate School, Baylor University, 2017
  • Doctoral Research Travel Award, History Department, Baylor University, 2017
  • Lynn E. May Study Grant, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, 2017
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, 2017
  • Armstrong Browning Library Teaching Fellowship, Baylor University, 2017
  • Graduate Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, 2015 –2016
  • Guittard Fellowship, Baylor University, 2014 –2017
  • Board of Governors’ Prize for Proficiency in the Th.M. Degree Program, Regent College, 2014
  • Church History Prize, Regent College, 2013
  • Academic Symposium Prize, Regent College, 2013
  • Academic Entrance Scholarship, Regent College, 2011
  • P.A. Boyd Award for Senior Influence, Bryan College, 2008
  • Senior Communications Award, Bryan College, 2008
  • Catherine McDonald Communications Scholarship, Bryan College, 2007
  • D.B. Rice Scholarship, Bryan College, 2005
  • Presidential Scholarship, Bryan College, 2004
Courses Taught at Baylor
  • HIS 1300: United States in Global Perspective
  • HIS 2365: United States History to 1877
Curriculum Vitae 

Paul Gutacker CV


Other Information

Paul serves as executive director of Brazos Fellows, nine-month part-time residential fellowship for college graduates who desire to be formed through theological training, spiritual disciplines, vocational discernment, and life together. In his spare time, Paul enjoys reading fiction, running the Waco Riverwalk, cooking, and cheering on the Buffalo Bills. Paul and his wife Paige enjoy life in East Waco with their son, James Brantley, and their spaniel mix, Lila.