19th Century Revival.

DCHS will be closed Friday, May 20

DCHS will be closed Friday, May 20. We will reopen for regular hours Monday, May 23.

Lowery Retirement


DCHS President Rick Lowery announces his retirement next year. Lowery will retire by September 2022 after the selection of his successor. Lowery was installed as DCHS President in November 2017. Under his leadership, DCHS has moved forward with its project of digitizing and making many of its resources available online through its recently established Digital Commons website. It has launched the peer-reviewed, online-only Journal of Discipliana for scholarship of issues in the historical and contemporary life and thought of Disciples  and the broader Stone-Campbell Movement. Lowery has edited a book about Disciples Restructure, as well as a book of prayers by presidents and staff of general ministries, and has recruited authors for forthcoming biographies of key Disciples leaders, with a special focus on historically underrepresented groups. DCHS is sponsoring a major academic conference on "Systemic Racism, Antiracism, and Reconciliation in Our Shared History and Tradition" in March 2022. The DCHS Board has initiated a search process following the general church's Executive Search Model to find Dr. Lowery's successor.

For a more detailed announcement see: 




DCHS COVID Protocols


The DCHS building is open to the public during posted hours. We follow the latest CDC guidelines and state and federal laws concerning businesses and in-door gatherings.

In the current Omicron variant surge, we ask that all visitors wear masks while inside the building.

Visitors may call (615) 327-1444 or email info@discipleshistory.org for reservations to do research or tour the Campbell Mansion.

Call for Articles for Journal of Discipliana


The Editorial Committee of the Journal of Discipliana invites manuscript submissions in all areas of the Stone-Campbell Movement. Editors are seeking contributions grounded in original research which defend a clear thesis and inform specialists and/or general readers. Articles should explore issues relevant to all aspects of thought and religious life and practice within the historical or contemporary Stone-Campbell Movement.

The General Editor of the Journal of Discipliana, an online only, open access journal, is Mark G. Toulouse, who works in consultation with an editorial committee. Scholars from the three primary streams of the Stone-Campbell Movement: the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, the Churches of Christ (a cappella), and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) serve on the editorial committee. Dr. Richard H. Lowery, president of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society is publisher.

Teachers of graduate students are encouraged not only to submit their own scholarly endeavors but those of their most promising students. The Historical Society seeks to cultivate the work of young scholars through the Isaac Errett Award, an essay contest which each year honors an outstanding student essay.

Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and the SBL Handbook of Style and are to be 5000-6500 words (or approximately 18 - 20 pages, double-spaced) with footnotes. Submit in Microsoft Word to General Editor, Dr. Mark G. Toulouse at journalofdiscipliana@discipleshistory.org


Wellsprings of Hope


DCHS President Rev. Dr. Richard H. Lowery's most recent publication, Wellsprings of Hope: Prayers for a Prophetic New Visions for Disciples is now available.

In this new collection of 52 weekly reflections on Isaiah 35, the hallowed passage about finding new life, new faith, and new prophetic vision in challenging times and places, walk alongside other Disciples and congregations toward a new vision for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Copies of the book are available from Chalice Press, including a discount for bulk purchases.


To learn more about the book here is an interview between Dr. Lowery and Chalice Press President Brad Lyons:


Video: Hope's Design

  • The Disciples of Christ Historical Society provides this Kirkpatrick Lecture on the 50th anniversary of the Merger and Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

    DCHS wishes to acknowledge and thank the following partners for their contributions to the production of this video: Patricia R. Case, Christopher Higgins and Sir Chuy Productions (sirchuy.com), Rev. Dr. Betsy Goehrig, Regional Minister of Florida, and Christian Theological Seminary Library. Photos of the 1948 WCC Assembly, copyright, World Council of Churches, used by permission.


Stone-Campbell History

  • During the 2019 General Assembly in Des Moine, IA, several Disciples told stories of how the church has impacted their life, the life of their community and world, and what they hope for the church 50 years from now.

  • 19th Century Revival

    The American frontier of the early 19th century was brimming with religious fervor. While the human spirit was being awakened in the cities of the United States, there was a special intensity to the revivals of the frontier.


  • The Kirkpatrick Lecture is presented biennially, in odd years, featuring prominent historians in the Stone-Campbell heritage.

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