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Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Devin C. Manzullo-Thomas

Devin Manzullo-ThomasDirector, The Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies

Archives Coordinator, The Ernest L. Boyer Center

Office: Hoffman 314
Phone: 717-766-2511 ext. 5235

Curriculum Vitae


PhD student
Temple University

M.A., 2012
Temple University

B.A., 2009
Messiah College


Devin Manzullo-Thomas is director of the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College. He is also serves as archives coordinator for the college's Ernest L. Boyer Center.

In addition to these administrative roles, Devin regularly teaches courses in the History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies departments at the College.

In his scholarship Devin pursues two distinct research agendas. As a denominational historian of the Brethren in Christ Church, he draws on his training in cultural and religious history to understand how this small religious community has changed over time. As a public historian of American religion, he studies the ways in which religious communities—especially Christian communities—construct, commemorate, and contest the past in public through historical societies, heritage sites, museums, monuments, archives, and other institutions of public memory.

Devin's articles and reviews have appeared in Church HistoryBrethren in Christ History and LifeMennonite Quarterly ReviewThe Conrad Grebel ReviewThe Covenant Quarterly, and other scholarly and popular publications.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 142: U.S. History Since 1865
  • IDCR 151: Created and Called for Community (syllabus)
  • THEO 211: Brethren in Christ Life and Thought (syllabus)
  • THEO 217: Wesleyan/Holiness Theology (syllabus)
  • HIST 391: Historical Study of Peace

Publications (recent)

  • "Sacred Subjects: Religion and Commemoration in America," in The Association for State and Local History Guide to Commemoration, ed. Seth C. Bruggeman (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield) [under review]
  • "Born-Again Brethren in Christ: Anabaptism, Evangelicalism, and the Cultural Transformation of a Plain People," Mennonite Quarterly Review 90 (April 2016): pp. 203-237
  • "The Not-So-Quiet in the Land: The Anabaptist Turn in Recent American Evangelical Historiography," Conrad Grebel Review 33 (Fall 2015): pp. 359-371
  • Review of Duane C. S. Stoltzfus, Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of the Hutterites During the Great War in Church History: Studies in Christianity in Culture 84 (March 2015): pp. 266-267
  • Worthy of the Calling: Biographies of Paul and Lela (Swalm) Hostetler, Harvey and Erma (Heise) Sider, and Luke Jr. and Doris (Bowman) Keefer (with Beth Hostetler Mark and AnnaRuth Sider Osborne; E. Morris Sider, editor) (Grantham, Pa.: Brethren in Christ Historical Society, 2014)

Presentations (recent)

  • "Encounters with the Spirit: North American Anabaptists and Charismatic Renewal, 1950-2000." Presented at the "Charismatic Renewal in Historical Perspective, 1950-2000" Conference, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, UK, 14 September 2016
  • “From Bible School to ‘Grantham University’: Educational Mission and Identity in the History of Messiah College, 1909-2009.” Presented at the “Mennonite Education: Past, Present, and Future” Conference, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, 16 October 2015
  • Panelist, “The Historian’s Role in Managing Institutional Change.” Roundtable discussion at the Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History, Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif., 27 September 2014
  • “Back to the Future: Tracing the Religious Roots of Messiah College, 1909-2009.” Presented at the “Historic Religious Roots and the Future of Higher Education” Symposium, Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, 12 April 2014
  • “Born-Again Brethren in Christ: The Brethren in Christ Church in an Age of Evangelicalism.” Presented at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa., 19 March 2013

Current Projects

Devin is currently writing a book-length biography of Samuel F. Wolgemuth, a mid-twentieth century leader in the American evangelical movement as well as the Brethren in Christ Church. He has received grants from the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, the Brethren in Christ Historical Society, and the Mennonite Historians of the Cumberland Valley to complete this project.