Bruce T. Gourley Vita

6251 Pearl Drive, Manhattan, Montana 59741
Phone: (406) 599-1754
Web Site:


         Executive Director, Baptist History & Heritage Society
         Interim President, Yellowstone Theological Institute
         Online Editor
, Baptists Today
         Internet Strategist/Consultant/Marketer and Writer
Various web sites including Yellowstone Net and Montana History Net
         Outdoor/Nature Photographer


         Ph.D., American History, Auburn University, 2008
         Dissertation:  Baptists in Middle Georgia During the Civil War
         Secondary Emphases:  Islamic History, Archival Studies
         Primary Advisors:  Kenneth Noe, Wayne Flynt

         Master of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1992.

         Bachelor of Arts, Christianity and English, Mercer University, 1988.


Interim Director.  The Center for Baptist Studies, Mercer University, 2007 to 2009

Associate Director.  The Center for Baptist Studies, Mercer University, 2004 to 2007

Graduate Teaching Assistant
.  IT Specialist, History Department, Auburn University
History Department, 2003 to 2004

Instructor, Church History. Yellowstone Baptist College, Billings, Montana, 1995 to 2002


For a more detailed listing of published works, go to

         Books:        Baptists Today at 30: Enabling, Recording and Shaping a Baptist Movement
(Nurturing Faith, 2013)

                             Diverging Loyalties: Baptists in Middle Georgia During the Civil War
                             (Mercer University Press, 2011)

                             Images of America: Manhattan, Belgrade, Amsterdam and Churchill and Amsterdam (Montana)
                             (Arcadia Publishing, 2011)

                             A Capsule History of Baptists
                             (Atlanta, Georgia: Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2010)

                             Leading the Way for 200 Years: The Story of the First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama
                             (Atlanta, Georgia: Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2009)

                             The GodMakers: A Legacy of the Southern Baptist Convention?

                             (Franklin, Tennessee: Providence House Publishers, 1996).

                             Chapter Contributions:

                            "The Baptist Tradition," in Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices, Missoula, Mont.:
                            Thomas Riggs & Company, 2013 edition

                            “A Brief Survey of Four Centuries of Baptist Mission Quest,” in On Mission With God: Free and
                            Faithful Baptists in the Twenty-First Century
, Pamela R. Durso, editor. Atlanta, Ga.: Baptist
                            History & Heritage Society, 2011.

                            “Baptist Models of Polity: An Historical Overview,” in Walking Together: The Struggle of
                            Baptists with Polity in the 21st Century
. Richmond: Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies,

         General Editor:  Baptist History & Heritage Journal, 2011 to present.

         Editor:  Baptist Studies Bulletin, 2004 to present

         Online Editor:   Baptists Today, 2003 to present

         Editor:  Yellowstone Net Newspaper, 1997 to 2011

         Columnist:    Baptists Today, 2003-2004, "The Lighter Side"

         Select Papers and Articles:  Various, including the following:    
 * Daily articles, Baptists and the American Civil War: In Their Own Words Digital 
                                     Project, 2011-present
                             * Monthly articles, “Baptists and the American Civil War,” Baptists Today,
                             * Monthly articles, "Why?", Baptists Today, 2012-present
                             * Editorials (Thrice annually), Baptist History & Heritage Journal, 2010-present

                             Monthly editorials, Baptist Studies Bulletin, 2005-present
"A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making," Baptist Studies Bulletin, February-
                             November, 2012
"Tommy Douglas: Baptist Champion of Freedom," The Whitsitt Journal (Fall 2009)

"The Significance of Local Baptist Church History: The 200th Anniversary of the First Baptist
                             Church of Huntsville, Alabama" - Baptist History and Heritage Journal (Summer/Fall 2009)
"Celebrating 400 Years of Being Baptists," A Series published by Baptist History and Heritage     
                              Society (2009)
                             "The Discipline of Eating" - VISIONS, Georgia Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (June/July 2009)
                             "Early English Baptists" - Baptist History and Heritage Journal (Winter 2009)
                             "Old Wines in New Wineskins: the First Amendment and the Internet - Baptist History and
                              Heritage Journal
(Summer-Fall 2008)
                             "Maybe It's Time to Dust Off John Leland" - Baptist History & Heritage Journal (Spring 2008)
                             "The Christian Index and the American Civil War" - Visions Journal (2007)
                             "How Do We Tell the Generations Following of What Happened?" - Logsdon Window Journal
                             "These Days Are Fraught With Many Blessings: The World of Julia Stanford" - Visions Journal
                             "The Baptist Light: Free and Fragile" - Baptist History and Heritage Journal ( Winter 2006)
                             "Baptist Missions in Recent Decades: Laity Involvement" - Baptist History & Heritage Journal
(Spring 2006)
                             "John Leland: Evolving Views of Slavery, 1789-1839" - Baptist History & Heritage Journal
                             (Winter 2005) (Winner of The 2006 Norman W. Cox Award for the Best Article Published in
                             Baptist History and Heritage)

                             "Yellowstone Held Hostage by Million-Dollar Cheeseburgers" - National Forest Council (2001)
                             Monthly articles in the Baptist Studies Bulletin, 2005 - present
                             Other articles published online

         Book Reviews:    Published in a variety of periodicals, including:

                                     Journal of Religion
                                     Journal of Church and State
                                     Journal of Appalachian Studies
                                     Baptist Studies Bulletin
                                     Baptist History & Heritage
                                     Baptists Today

         Photographs:  Various photographs published, including in/by:

                                Riverbend Publishing
                                Georgia Conservancy    
                                Our State Magazine
For the Love of Dogs
24/7 North Carolina

                                Bruce's photography is for sale at Fine Art America


         Bruce speaks at many events annually. Representative of his speaking engagements are:

                   *   Baptist history and church history conferences and seminars
                   *   Americans United conferences
                   *   Baptist denominational annual conferences: national, regional, state, local
                   *   Regional Montana history consultations
                   *   Local church events
                   *   Religion and technology consultations


         Member, American Historical Association

         Member, American Society of Church History

         Member. Baptist History and Heritage Society

         Member, Fellowship of Baptist Historians
         Secretary 2009 - present

         Member, Montana Historical Society

         Member, Yellowstone Historic Center
         Board of Directors 2013-present (Treasurer)

         Member, Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society
         Board of Directors 2006-present

            Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
         Coordinating Council, West Region, 2009-present

(Previous Member) Georgia Baptist Historical Society
         Executive Committee 2006-2008

           (Previous Member) Yellowstone Country Regional Tourism Board, Montana
         Board of Directors, 2007

            Recipient, Carolyn Blevins Meritorious Service Award, Baptist History & Heritage Society, 2005

         Recipient, Norman W. Cox Award "For Best Article Published by the Baptist History & Heritage Society
         in 2005" for his article entitled "John Leland: Evolving Views of Slavery, 1789-1839"


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