Sawyer, Ken

Associate Professor of Church History

Kenneth Sawyer was appointed assistant professor of church history in July 1993, after serving on the McCormick Theological Seminary adjunct faculty since 1988. In addition to his faculty duties, he served on the staff of the Jesuit-Krauss-McCormick Library between 1980 and 1998.

Ken was born in Sacramento, California in 1956. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago Divinity School. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled "Secret Walkings Before the Lord: The Theology of Increase Mather, 1639-1723."

Ken's teaching and research focus upon Reformation topics, Anglo-American Reformed groups, Puritanism and New School and Old School Presbyterianism. He has published articles in a range of topics, from early Christian history in Egypt, to contemporary multiculturalisms and the uses of technology in theological education.

He is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and frequently teaches adult education classes throughout the Chicago area. He is a veteran teacher of Sunday school for four-year-olds.

Ken is married to Patricia Cloud, and they have three children, Elisabeth, Jane, and Anna.

Ken earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Contact Ken Sawyer by email,, or at extension 6304.

H 300: History Survey I
H/T 402: Reformed Tradition
H 412: Reformations of the Sixteenth Century
H 433: Readings in Christian Spirituality
H 434: American Presbyterian History

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