Zondervan’s Gundry brings experience to GRTS
Stan Gundry, from Zondervan Publishing Company is teaching a class this semester at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is teaching the course; The Story of American Evangelicalism, 1950-present (THE-789).
“The course, The Story of American Evangelicalism, was designed to survey the ideas, movements and personalities of the evangelical church in America since 1950,” John VanBerkmoes, Academic Dean at GRTS said. “As we journey through significant cultural changes brought on by postmodernism, we serve our students well by providing a substantive look into the recent past. This look back will provide our students with perspective and foundation to lead the church into the future.”
Gundry, executive vice president of publishing and editorial operations, began his experience in American evangelicalism as the son of a General Association of Regular Baptist Church’s pastor in southern California. He attended Los Angeles Baptist College, and after became an ordained pastor in Washington State. He earned an MBA in historical theology, and shortly after left to join Moody Bible Institute in 1968. During his time at Moody he was a freelance writer for the Moody Press. This position put him at the center of American evangelicalism. He has worked closely with influential men, who have vitally shaped American evangelicalism, such as Philip Yancey, Tim LaHaye, and Chuck Colson.
Aside from his time at Moody, he has 11 years experience teaching at the undergraduate level at Trinity Evangelical Divinity College, and five years experience at the seminary level.
“Teaching has always been in my heart. I have felt a sense of loss for many years, since I last taught and am very happy to be doing it again,” Gundry said. “I have missed teaching, but I knew I was where God wanted me and if I was supposed to teach God would make it happen. When I was contacted about a year ago about teaching this class, the offer was met with a very positive response.”
He is glad to be teaching at GRTS and to be working for his long time friend, Cornerstone University President, Joe Stowell.
Gundry being asked by Stowell to teach this course has been met with positive responses, especially from the academic dean at GRTS.
“Dr. Stan Gundry is without question one of the most informed voices on the ebb and flow of American evangelicalism in the past several decades. His service and leadership within religious publishing has enabled him to maintain the pulse on the issues facing the American church. We are delighted and honored that he is serving as an adjunct professor at GRTS,” VanBerkmoes said.
His work at Zondervan, and his time spent at Moody, have greatly aided in him being knowledgeable about the topic he is teaching.
“In 1980, my wife wrote a book for Zondervan. They knew about me and my background. They offered me a position as marginal editor of textbooks,” Gundry said. “For the first 25 years my responsibilities gradually increased, but always stayed within academic publishing.” Recently academic publishing became more responsibility than he could handle and he became the executive vice-president of editorial and publishing operations.
Those responsibilities have now expanded to include contracts, royalties, copyrights, international rights and permissions and author care. He also oversees the publishing and editing operations and ensures that they run efficiently and on time.
Gundry is hopeful that this is the beginning of many more invitations to teach at GRTS.