Martin Spence

Assistant Professor of History


Humanities, Teacher Education


D.Phil., University of Oxford
M.A., University of Oxford
B.A., University of Oxford 

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Biography of Dr. Spence

 Martin Spence is Assistant Professor of History at Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is originally from Suffolk, England. He graduated high school from Sudbury Upper School and then worked for a year on the pastoral team of a local church. A first generation college student, he next studied for a BA in History at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. After a break working at Coventry Cathedral’s Centre for International Reconciliation he returned to Oxford to complete his graduate studies. His doctoral dissertation examined the prophecy movement in the nineteenth-century British church. In Oxford he taught history classes for the University and for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities semester abroad program. Before coming to Cornerstone, Martin spent three years in Glasgow, Scotland, teaching history at International Christian College, a multi-denominational Evangelical college. He enjoys playing the piano and is regularly involved with leading worship in his local church. He also enjoys cooking, musical theatre and cycling. He is married to Molly.

Professional Interests:

History of Christianity, British History, History of Evangelicalism

Role at CU:

I teach World Civilization and European history classes.

Awards or recognitions:

2006 - 2007 Senior Scholarship, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford.

2004 - 2007 UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Award holder.

2002 - 2003 UK Arts and Humanities Research Board (ARHB) Masters Award holder.

1998 The Royal Historical Society Frampton Prize.


  • Heaven on Earth: Reimagining Time and Eternity in Nineteenth-Century British Evangelicalism (book under contract to Wipf & Stock).
  • “John Foster and the Integration of Faith and Learning,” Christian Scholar’s Review (Forthcoming)
  • Review of Christian Beardsley, Unutterable Love: The Passionate Life and Preaching of F.W. Robertson, in Journal of Theology and Sexuality (Forthcoming)
  • Review of Bruce R. Berglund and Brian Porter-Szucs, eds., Christianity and Modernity in Eastern Europe in Fides et Historia 43. 2 (Summer-Fall 2011), 143 – 145
  • Review of William Gibson and Geordan Hammond, eds., Wesley and Methodist Studies vol. 2. (Forthcoming, Fides et Historia)
  • “Jock Troup,” “A. Douglas Brown,” and “Archibald Geike Brown,” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, edited by Lawrence Goldman (September 2012)
  • “David McIntyre,” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, edited by Lawrence Goldman (September 2012). Co-authored with Molly House Spence
  • “Writing the Sabbath: The Literature of the Victorian Sunday Observance Debate” in P. Clarke & C. Methuen, The Church and Literature (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2012)
  • “Unraveling Scottish Evangelicalism: Part One,” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, 30.1 (Spring 2012), 30 – 50.
  • “The Renewal of Time and Space: The Missing Element of Debate About Nineteenth-Century Premillennialism,” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 63.1 (January 2012), 81 – 101
  • “Geoffrey Watts Grogan: A Biographical Sketch,” Evangelical Quarterly 82.3 (October 2010). Co-authored with Molly House Spence
  • “The Restitution of All Things in Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Premillennialism” in P. Clarke & T. Claydon (eds.), The Church, the Afterlife and the Fate of the Soul (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2009), 349 - 359
  • Review of John Wolffe, The Expansion of Evangelicalism, in Churchman, 122.4 (Winter 2008), 380 - 381
  • “‘Disturbing the Complacency of Religion’? The Evangelical Crusades of Dr. Billy Graham and Father Patrick Peyton in Britain, 1951-54,” Journal of 20th Century British History, 18.4 (December 2007), 481 - 513. Co-authored with Alana Harris

Other Media:

Contributor to “Jock Troup and the Fisherman’s Revival” (dir. Gary Wilkinson, 2012). Aired on UCB TV, August 19 2012.

 Hobbies/Interests outside of work:

I enjoy playing the piano and am regularly involved with leading worship in my local church. I also enjoy cooking, musical theatre and cycling.




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