Sprunger, Keith L(a Verne) 1935-

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SPRUNGER, Keith L(a Verne) 1935-

PERSONAL: Born March 16, 1935, in Berne, IN; son of Arley and Lillian (Mettler) Sprunger; married Aldine Mary Slagell, June 13, 1959; children: David, Mary, Philip. Education: Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, B.A., 1957; University of Illinois, M.A., 1958, Ph.D., 1963. Politics: Independent. Religion: Mennonite.

ADDRESSES: Home—2412 College Ave., North Newton, KS 67117. Office—Department of History, Bethel College, North Newton, KS 67117.

CAREER: High school history teacher in Berne, IN, 1958-60; Bethel College, North Newton, KS, assistant professor, 1963-66, associate professor, 1966-70, professor of history, 1970-76, Oswald H. Wedel professor of history, 1976—, head of department, 1963—.

MEMBER: American Historical Association, American Society of Church History, Conference on Faith and History, American Association of University Professors, Doopsgez inde Historische Kring, Kansas History Teachers Association, Mennonite Historical Society, Oral History Association, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Alpha Theta.

AWARDS, HONORS: American Council of Learned Societies summer research grant, 1967; American Philosophical Society research grants, 1967, 1969, 1983; Social Science Research Council grant, 1969; E. Harris Harbison Award, Danforth Foundation, 1972; American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, 1976-77; Huntington Library Fellowship, 1982, 1990; Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research Fellowship, 1983.


The Learned Doctor William Ames, University of Illinois Press (Champaign, IL), 1972.

Voices against War, Bethel College (Newton, KS), 1973.

(Contributor) Handbook to the History of Christianity, Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 1977.

Dutch Puritanism: A History of English and Scottish Churches of the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th Centuries, E. J. Brill (Leiden, Netherlands), 1982.

The Auction Catalogue of the Library of William Ames, HES Publishers (Utrecht, Netherlands), 1988.

Trumpets from the Tower: English Puritan Printing in the Netherlands, 1600-1640, E. J. Brill (Leiden, Netherlands), 1994.

Campus, Congregation, and Community: The Bethel College Mennonite Church, 1897-1997, Mennonite Press (Newton, KS), 1997.

Also contributor to New Dictionary of National Biography, in press. Contributor of articles and book reviews to Church History, Harvard Theological Review, New England Quarterly, Mennonite Quarterly Review, Journal of the History of Ideas, Historian, Mennonite Life, Sixteenth-Century Journal, and Bethel College Bulletin.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A book on the history of Mennonite printing in Holland and America; articles on Mennonite and Puritan church architecture.

SIDELIGHTS: Keith L. Sprunger told CA: "My long range work in history is Puritanism in England and the Netherlands and this continues to occupy some of my time. More recently, I have turned my attention to oral history, and to printing and its connection to religious movements (Puritans, Mennonites). History for me is often an exploration of faith, values, and identity."