Born-Again Brethren narrates the history of the complex and sometimes contentious encounters between the Brethren in Christ, a small Protestant denomination, and the post-World War II American evangelical movement. Presenting digitized primary source materials from the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives, and supplementing those materials with thematic essays, podcasts, and videos that provide historical context, Born-Again Brethren seeks to contribute to the denomination’s ongoing conversations about its historic and contemporary identities.
Born-Again Brethren was launched in 2012 through the efforts of Devin Manzullo-Thomas, a graduate student in history at Temple University. [Read more about Devin.] The project reflects the input of an advisory committee of church affiliates (members and former members; church officials, ministers, laypeople, etc.), and the support of the staff at the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives.
This site should be considered a work in progress with the goal to add additional materials that similarly document the people, places, and events important to the Brethren in Christ Church’s “evangelical turn.” We welcome public comments and input regarding the current exhibit, future directions, and other relevant topics.
Devin Manzullo-Thomas is a graduate student in history at Temple University (Philadelphia, Pa.). His research interests include American religious history, Brethren in Christ history, American evangelicalism, and religion in American public memory. He serves as the assistant editor for Brethren in Christ History and Life, the journal of the Brethren in Christ Historical Society, and also sits on that organization’s executive committee. As part of his interest in denominational history, he blogs regularly about the Brethren in Christ at The Search for Piety and Obedience. His writing has appeared in Brethren in Christ History and Life, Mennonite Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.
Alan Robinson, senior pastor, Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church
Greg Starr, associate pastor, New Hope Brethren in Christ Church
Kristine N. Frey, editor, IN PART magazine, Brethren in Christ Church in North America
Beth Claassen Thrush, member, Brethren in Christ Church in North America
David E. Byer, former member, Brethren in Christ Church in North America
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The material on this site is provided for private research use and is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, US Code). For proper use and reproduction of these materials, contact the Archivist at the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives.