Glenn Jonas


Glenn Jonas is the Charles B. Howard Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion in the Divinity School at Campbell University.  He has been at Campbell University since 1994.  His research specialization includes Church History with particular emphasis in Baptist History.  He frequently preaches and teaches in local Baptist churches as well as on college campuses and at retreats.  He has served as interim pastor of numerous Baptist churches in eastern North Carolina.

Topics: History of Christianity; Baptist History; American Religious History; Bible Studies; Preaching; Teaching on general topics related to Christianity.

Available for Interim pastorates / supply preaching / revivals / Bible study conferences; seminars; lectures; retreats

Travels from: Buies Creek, NC // Flies From: RDU



Dr. W. Glenn Jonas, Howard Professor of Religion and Chairman of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Campbell University, has served in both academic and ministerial capacities for a number of years.  He was born in Gastonia, NC and raised in Rockwell, NC.  He received his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) degree from Mars Hill College.  He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Baylor University in the area of Church History.  Dr. Jonas has also done postdoctoral work in Oral History at Baylor.

Dr. Jonas was ordained into the Christian ministry by Oakley Baptist Church in Asheville, NC.  Since then he has served as Associate Pastor and Minister of Youth at Oakley Baptist Church (Asheville) and pastor of Cego Baptist Church (Cego, Texas) and First Baptist Church, Crawford (Crawford, Texas).  He has served as interim pastor of ten different congregations in North Carolina.  Before coming to Campbell he taught at Baylor University and Temple Junior College.  (Texas)

Dr. Jonas is involved in a number of professional activities.  He holds membership in the American Society of Church History, American Academy of Religion, National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Baptist History and Heritage Society, The Mennonite Historical Society, North Carolina Baptist Historical Society, and the Texas Baptist Historical Society.  He has received fellowships and/or scholarships from all three institutions that he attended.   In the spring of 1997 and again in 2002, Dr. Jonas was selected as “Professor of the Year” by the Student body at Campbell University.  In addition, he received the dedication of the 2003 Pine Burr yearbook from Campbell University.  Currently, Dr. Jonas serves as President of the Baptist History and Heritage Society.

Dr. Jonas has written A Critical Evaluation of Albert Henry Newman, Church Historian, (1992), and has co-authored A Journey of Faith: Introduction to Christianity.  His most recent book, which he edited, is called, The Baptist River: Essays on Many Tributaries of a Diverse Tradition, and is published by Mercer University Press.  He has contributed articles to a number of professional publications and has also presented papers at meetings of the American Academy of Religion, Texas Baptist Historical Society, North Carolina Baptist Historical Society, South Carolina Baptist Historical Society, and the Baptist History and Heritage Society.

Dr. Jonas has been at Campbell University since August 1994. 

Pulpit Supply/Interim Pastorates

Dr. Jonas has served as interim pastor of 10 different congregations in North Carolina.  He is available for interim pastorates, revivals, pulpit supply, lectures, retreats, and Bible studies.

Lecture Series

Dr. Jonas specializes in the area of History of Christianity with particular emphasis on Baptist History.  He is available for engagements to lecture over topics related to any of these areas.

Baptist Heritage Lectures
This series can be tailored to a variety of formats depending upon the request.  Topics could include such items as “The Essence of Baptistness,” “Baptist Distinctives,” “Baptist Conflict,” “Baptist Theology,” “Significant Personalities in Baptist History,” or any number of topics which may be broadly defined under the topic of Baptist Heritage.

From Genesis to Revelation
This series covers the major themes of the Bible including Creation, Covenant, Worship, Social Justice, Messiah, The Life and Ministry of Jesus, Paul and the Early Church.  Other topics which may be requested include various studies on certain books of the Bible.

Religion and Pop Culture
How does Religion impact pop culture?  Or, does pop culture influence Religion?  What musicians, television shows, movies, or art reflect the influence of religious values?


To inquire about Glenn’s availability, please send an email to:  Please indicate the type of event you have in mind along with information about the proposed date, suggested topic, and the intended audience.  Thanks for your interest!