William B. Bedford

Professor of History


Department: Humanities and Social Sciences Department

What are the main classes you teach at Crown? History of World Civilizations; History of American Civilization; History of Ancient Civilization; American Social History; Contemporary History; Topics in History

Degrees & Institutions you received them from:
B.A., Bob Jones University;
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Virginia

Published works or other accolades? Research Associate, Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era, 1760-1790, ed. Lester J. Cappon (Princeton University Press, 1976); 35 book reviews in Choice, Journal of American History, Fides et Historia, Christian Scholar’s Review; “’A Larger Christian Life’: A. B. Simpson and the Early Years of the Christian and Missionary Alliance” (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Virginia); Distinguished Service Award (Crown College); Department Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Crown; China Visiting Scholar Program (English Language Institute/China), Harbin Institute of Technology

Before Crown, what did you do? Research Associate, Atlas of Early American History project, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL (1971-1975)

Your Testimony? Converted at a young age in a C&MA pastor’s family and owned my faith in later years at summer camps and in college. Experienced the Lord’s direction in my own family with wife and children. Both of our adult children are living out their own professions of Christian faith.

Favorite Bible verse and why? Colossians 1:18 has been meaningful to me as a central belief since college: “that in all things he might have the preeminence”

Hobbies, Interests, Affiliations? Walking, reading, watching history documentaries, canoeing, fishing; memberships in the Organization of American Historians, the Conference on Faith and History, ParkSide Church of the CMA

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Crown? The opportunity to practice my profession in a Christian institution, the challenge of engaging students, and working with Christian colleagues

What differentiates your program from similar offerings at other colleges? The combination and integration of a liberal arts major in history with Christian studies

How do you define “Academic Excellence?” Active engagement with course content, perception of significant themes, and appreciation of scholarship in the field

What would your students say about taking your classes? My instructor has a great interest in what he is teaching

From a career standpoint, what will students be prepared to do with a degree from your program? History graduates are prepared to enter a wide variety of careers that place value on the critical thinking skills achieved in a liberal arts major. More specifically, history students will be prepared to enter graduate school, seminary, and law school.

What would you say to parents of prospective students about having their son/daughter at Crown? My own two adult children are Crown graduates with successful careers based directly on their Crown degrees, and both of them enjoyed the total Crown experience. I have the same hope for other parents who send their children to Crown.