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Richard Victor Pierard, Ph.D., Honored for Excellence as an Academic Historian

Dr. Richard Pierard is noted for his expertise in global Christianity and Baptist history 

ASHEVILLE, NC, February 13, 2017, Richard Pierard of Givens Estates has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Pierard is a professor emeritus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, where he taught history from 1964 to 2000. He has also written extensively on religious matters as an academic historian since 1964, when he graduated with a Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa. His educational foundation also includes a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from California State University, Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, Dr. Pierard has become noted for his expertise in the history of global Christianity, Baptist history, Christianity in India, modern Germany, and religion and politics.

Aside from teaching at Indiana State University, Dr. Pierard has applied his knowledge to many outside roles over the years. He has been a visiting professor at many universities around the world, including the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies in India, the Free Theological Academy in Germany, Regent College in Canada, the University of Otago in New Zealand, and Moscow Theological Seminary in Russia, among others. He was also a Fulbright junior research scholar at the University of Hamburg while working on his Ph.D., Fulbright professor at Goethe University at Frankfurt/Main and Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, both in Germany.  He was also scholar-in-residence and Stephen Phillips professor at Gordon College in Massachusetts from 2000 to 2007.

Other roles that Dr. Pierard has held include president of the Greater Terre Haute Church Federation, delegate to the Lausanne II Congress on World Evangelization in Manila, and member of the Baptist World Alliance’s Baptist Heritage & Identity Study Commission. He is a past president (1985) of the Evangelical Theological Society, and was involved with its Conference on Faith and History and was its secretary-treasurer' from 1967 to 2004. Dr. Pierard’s further professional affiliations include the American Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, the American Society of Missiology, and the International Association for Mission Studies.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Dr. Pierard served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Library and Information Services in 1979, and as a precinct committeeman for the Democratic Party in Terre Haute from 1978 to 1980 and from 1990 to 2000. He participated in the Indiana Democratic Party Convention in 1980 and 1988, and was a member of the Indiana governor’s advisory committee on libraries from 1980 to 1981.






Dr. Pierard is the author of “Bibliography on the Religious Right in America,” published in 1986, “The Unequal Yoke: Evangelical Christianity and Political Conservatism,” originally published in 1970 with a new edition published in 2006, “Two Kingdoms” published in 1993, and Civil Religion and the Presidency” published in 1988. He has also co-authored and/or edited many books, including “Global Evangelicalism: Theology, History and Culture in Regional Perspective,” published in 2014, “The American Church Experience” and “Blues Music and Gospel Proclamation,” both published in 2008, “Baptists Together in Christ,” published in 2005, and “The New Millennium Manual,” published in 1999.

Dr. Pierard has received a number of formal honors as a result of his enthusiasm, efforts and accomplishments in his profession. These include a W.O. Carver Distinguished Service Award from the Baptist History & Heritage Society in 2009 and an award for community service in Terre Haute in 1991. He was also chosen to be featured in the 4th edition of Who’s Who in Religion and the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in American and Who’s Who in the World.