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Bruce T. Gourley

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Bruce T. Gourley lives near Bozeman, Montana and operates the Online Center for Baptist Studies, previously an entity of Mercer University from 2002 to 2009. Bruce is the executive director of the Baptist History & Heritage Society and online editor of Baptists Today news journal.


After completing his Bachelor of Arts (1988) with majors in Christianity and English from Mercer University, Macon, Bruce earned a Master of Divinity Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1992) in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in History from Auburn University (2008).


Following seminary, Bruce moved to Montana to pursue ministry and other opportunities.  From 1993 to 2002, he served with the Yellowstone Baptist Association as Baptist Campus Minister for the three colleges in Billings, Montana (Montana State University-Billings, Rocky Mountain College, and Yellowstone Baptist College).  From 1995-2002, Bruce taught Church History, New Testament and a variety of other courses at Yellowstone Baptist College, first as an adjunct, then as full-time professor.  During these years, Bruce also founded an Internet business, Yellowstone Net, a travel reservations and advertising platform for the Yellowstone National Park region. From 2004 to 2007, Bruce was Associate Director of Mercer University's Center for Baptist Studies, afterwards serving as Interim Director from 2007-2009.


Bruce is the author of five books:

Diverging Loyalties: Baptists in Middle Georgia During the Civil War (Mercer University Press, 2011)


Images of America: Manhattan, Belgrade, Amsterdam and Churchill (Arcadia Publishing, 2011)

A Capsule History of Baptists (Atlanta, Ga.: Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2010)


Leading the Way for 200 Years: The Story of the First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama, 1809-2009 (Atlanta, Ga.: Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2009)

The Godmakers: A Legacy of the Southern Baptist Convention? (1996).


In addition, he has authored numerous published articles and book reviews for Baptist and historical journals.  Bruce is also the recipient of the Baptist History & Heritage Society's 2005 Carolyn Blevins Meritorious Service Award and the 2006 Norman W. Cox Award "For Best Article Published by the Baptist History and Heritage Society in 2005," for his article entitled "John Leland: Evolving Views of Slavery, 1789-1839." 


In addition, Bruce owns numerous websites other than Yellowstone Net, including BaptistLife.Com and Montana History Net.  He manages websites for a number of Baptist organizations and also maintains a personal website containing information on some of his other interests, one of which is photography


His wife, Debra Gourley, is a former special education teacher and graduate of Tift College, Mercer University (1988).  She also previously worked with the Georgia Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and is currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom to daughter Elizabeth Ann.





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