Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



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John D. Woodbridge, PhD

Research Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought


BA, Wheaton College
MA, Michigan State University
MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Doctorat de Troisième Cycle, Universite de Toulouse, France


Dr. Woodbridge has taught history at the University of Toulouse, Northwestern University, and Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, and his areas of expertise include evangelicalism, fundamentalism, the history of the Bible’s authority, the French enlightenment and religion, the French Hugenots, and the origins of higher criticism. He speaks fluent French.

He and his wife, Susan, reside in Lake Forest, Illinois. They have three children. In his spare time, Dr. Woodbridge enjoys music.

Selected Publications

Dr. Woodbridge’s published works include The History of Biblical Authority (Zondervan, 1982), The Evangelicals (Abingdon, 1975), and Revolt in Prerevolutionary France: The Conspiracy of the Prince de Conti Against Louis XV (1755-1757) (Johns Hopkins, 1995). He has edited works such as Ambassadors for Christ (Moody, 1994), More Than Conquerors (Moody 1992), Great Leaders of the Christian Church (Moody 1988), and Renewing Your Mind in a Secular World (Moody, 1985). Dr. Woodbridge also frequently writes and edits books with faculty colleague D. A. Carson. Together they have written Letters Along the Way (Crossway, 1993) and edited Scripture and Truth (Zondervan, 1983). Dr. Woodbridge has received four Gold Medallion Awards for his works related to Christian history and biography.  He has also served as a senior editor for Christianity Today and has also published academic articles and books in Europe.

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

Dr. Woodbridge has done postgraduate study with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Studies, and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Germany. In 1965 he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship.

In 2017, Dr. Woodbridge received an honorary Doctorate in Theology from Colorado Christian University.

Dr. Woodbridge is a member of the American Society of Church History, the American Society of 18th Century Studies, the American Catholic Historical Association, the French Historical Society, and the French-Société française d’etude du 18 siècle.


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