Dr. Bill Pitts

E-mail: William_Pitts@Baylor.edu 

Phone: 254-710-6321 

Office: Tidwell Bible Building B21A 

Department: Religion

BIC Course:  World Cultures II

Bill Pitts, one of the leading experts on the Branch Davidians, has served on the Baylor faculty since 1975. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the Davidians, including “The Persistence of the Millennium,” “Davidians and Branch Davidians,” “Religious Cults in America,” “Millennial Spirituality of the Branch Davidians.” During the Davidian siege his frequent magazine, radio and TV interviews included The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS News, Associated Press, and The Denver Post. He has also published on numerous Baptist topics, including “Recruiting for Missions: The Baylor Volunteer Foreign Mission Band, 1900-1906,” “Women Ministry and Identity,” and “Baptist Origins, 1609.” His current research is focused on Baptist leaders Hanserd Knollys, a leading Baptist figure of the seventeenth century, and Walter Rauschenbusch, early twentieth-century proponent of the Social Gospel. He currently serves as editor of Baptist History and Heritage. Professor Pitts has served two terms as director of The Graduate Program in Religion, 1988-1991 and 2006-2010. He has worked extensively with undergraduate and graduate students on travel-study programs to Britain, and has read papers at national and international academic conferences. Pitts has been the coordinator of World Cultures II in the BIC program since its beginning. His lectures include Augustine, The Medieval Church, and The Reformation. Related courses he has taught include Medieval History, Renaissance and Reformation, Western Civilization, Introduction to Church History, History of Protestantism, Modern European Church History, and the English Reformation. Pitts is a member of American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, and the Baptist History and Heritage Society.