Scott Seay

Associate Professor of the History of Global Christianity

Phone: (317) 931-2347


Scott Seay earned an M.Div. degree from CTS in 1996. He returned to his alma mater in 2005 from the Department of Religion at Ashland University in Northeast Ohio, where he also served as interim senior minister at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ashland.

While a student at CTS, Seay worked in clinical services, primarily with at-risk adolescents in residential care at a psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital.

In addition to his CTS degree, Seay holds a B.A. from Wabash College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in church history from Vanderbilt University. His dissertation traced developments in the theology of crime and punishment in colonial and early national New England by examining "execution sermons" delivered in connection with public hangings.

Seay's teaching and research interests include all dimensions of American religious history and modern European church history. He is particularly interested in the relationship between Christian faith and social problems in historical perspective, and the historical relationship between religion and politics. As an ordained Disciples minister and historian, he has interests in the history of all three communions that trace their heritage to the Stone-Campbell Movement.

Seay regularly publishes articles and critical book reviews for scholarly publications and resources for practical ministry. A revision of his dissertation has been published under the title Hanging Between Heaven and Earth: Capital Crime, Execution Preaching, and the Shape of Theology in Early New England (Northern Illinois University Press, 2008).  He is currently working on a congregational history for Mt. Pleasant Christian Church (Greenwood, IN), in celebration of their 125th anniversary, and a critical biography of Frederick Doyle Kershner (1875-1953), a leading Disciples educator and founding Dean of Butler School of Religion (which is now Christian Theological Seminary).

The editors of The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Eerdmans, 2004) have asked Seay to join them as the managing editor of another innovative project to be published in 2012: a global and inclusive narrative history of the Stone-Campbell Movement. With over a dozen professional historians making contributions, this new history will tell the story of all three streams of the Movement in such a way that our shared past, our common interests, and our pursuit of Christian unity are the main themes. Moreover, it will be a global story, one that both recognizes the origins of the Movement in the United States and celebrates its growth throughout the world. The project is being underwritten by the Disciples of Christ Historical Society. 

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