Dr. Gary Jenkins

Van Gorden Professor in History
Chair of the History Department

Dr. Gary Jenkins(610) 341-5966


  • Ph.D., Rutgers: History-Early Modern Europe
  • M.A., University of Maryland: History-Medieval Europe
  • M.Div., Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church
  • B.A., Manahath College: Religion


Dr. Gary W. Jenkins serves as both the Van Gorden Professor in History and the Chair of the History Department at Eastern University, and has taught on faculty at Eastern University since 1994. In addition to teaching history classes in Medieval and Renaissance European history, during the academic year of 2010-2011, Dr. Jenkins began work with the Honors College as a professor for the first-year students’ Heritage of Western Thought and Civilization course. Besides these efforts, Dr. Jenkins has published broadly, including a book entitled John Jewel and the English National Church: The Dilemmas of an Erastian Reformer, and most recently articles on the Anglican Divine Richard Hooker, and the seminal Reformed theologian, Peter Martyr Vermigli.

Apart from these, Dr. Jenkins has also made an impact on the academic community through various lectures and presentations. Dr. Jenkins’ work has taken him to conferences in the United States, Canada, England and Norway. Other works that Dr. Jenkins is currently dedicating his time to include: an article on the devotion and piety of the outlawed English Catholics under Elizabeth I, a monograph entitled Enemies of Calvin, a long-term project on Gnosticism, and lastly he is editing, along with Dean Yonan, a monograph for Templeton, Liberal Learning and the Great Christian Traditions.

Dr. Jenkins lives in Allentown, PA with his wife Carol and daughter Kristen, and attends church at St. Paul’s Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA. He blogs on and off at Lux Christi (http://luxchristi.wordpress.com/ ), and contributes to the Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy blog (http://orthodoxyandheterodoxy.org/).