John Fea is professor of American history and chair of the History Department at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. He is a self-described evangelical, a recognized expert on the historical influence of evangelicalism in American culture, and an award-winning author.
In 2011 Fea published Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? which won the Foreword Reviews/INDIEFAB Book of the Year in religion and was named as a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize; a revised edition was published in 2016. Fea received the New Jersey Academic Alliance Book of the Year award for his first book, The Way of Improvement Leads Home (2009), which was also named as an Honor Book by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Working with fellow historians Jay Green and Eric Miller, Fea coedited Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation (2010), named a finalist for the Lilly Fellows Program in Arts and Humanities Book Award. Fea’s other books include Why Study History? Reflecting on the Importance of the Past (2013) and The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society (2016).
In addition to his books, Dr. Fea has regularly published articles in academic periodicals and popular news outlets, including the Washington Post, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Fox News, Sojourners, Al Jazeera America, USA Today, Inside Higher Ed, CBS News, and the New York Daily News.
When not writing, Fea pursues a demanding lecture schedule. He routinely speaks at churches and historical organizations across the country and has compiled an impressive list of lectures given at such places as the University of Chicago, Penn State University, Southern Methodist University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Duke University, Grove City College, University of Minnesota, Gordon College, Seton Hall University, Liberty University, Syracuse University, Notre Dame University, Trinity International University, and Boston Trinity School.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Fea now lives in central Pennsylvania with his family, including his wife and two daughters.