Due to the ongoing concerns over COVID-19, all events with Charlie Cotherman at Upper House for the week of May 11 have been cancelled. We will share more about rescheduling Charlie’s visit as details develop. Thank you for your understanding.
Upper House is part of a larger, 50-year-old movement, one that is influencing the lives of scholars and students nationwide. In the late 1960s, when a new generation of evangelicals came of age in the midst of unprecedented cultural upheaval and educational opportunity, visionary leaders helped create a new type of institution: the Christian study center. With roots in Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri community and Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Christian study centers are now ensconced at dozens of major research universities across the United States. There are now nearly thirty study centers, each reflecting their unique milieus and endeavoring to inspire Christians to study, pray, and engage culture more faithfully—in the words of Regent College’s founder James M. Houston, “to think Christianly.” Historian Charlie Cotherman has spent the better part of a decade researching the genesis of the Christian study centers and their distinctive contributions. He will shed light on this compelling history and the movement’s bright future.
Charles E. Cotherman is pastor and planter of Oil City Vineyard Church in Oil City, Pennsylvania. He is the administrative director of the Project on Rural Ministry at Grove City College and has taught church history at Fuller Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He earned his PhD at the University of Virginia and his new book is To Think Christianly: A History of L’Abri, Regent College, and the Christian Study Center Movement (InterVarsity Press, 2020).