Chris joined the Hagen History Center as Curator of Education in October 2023.
He has twenty-five years of experience as an educator, librarian, and athletic coach. He was a professor and coach at Barclay College in Kansas. He taught history and religion courses as an adjunct instructor for several universities and seminaries in the New York City area. He worked in special collections and archives for the Drew University Library while also directing library services for the General Commission on Archives and History for The United Methodist Church. More recently, Chris worked in reference services, special collections, and taught classes using archival materials for the Yale University Library and Wright Library at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Chris has a Ph.D. in American Religion and Culture from Drew University, a Master of Library and Information Science from Syracuse University, and a Master of Divinity with an emphasis on the History of Christianity from Asbury Theological Seminary. His undergraduate degree is from Houghton University.
A published author, Chris has published two books and several book chapters and articles. He serves on the editorial board for the journal Methodist History and the Advisory Council for the Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage.
Chris is a graduate of McDowell High School in Erie. He considers his return to Erie as a “life full circle” moment and looks forward to working with the Erie community. In his free time, he enjoys Cleveland sports while also volunteering for Find-a-Grave and the Conneaut Area Historical Society.