Dr. J. Kristian Pratt is Professor of Religion and chairs the Humanities Division at Spartanburg Methodist College. He has been a member of the SMC faculty since 2007. He holds a PhD in Religion from Baylor University and additional degrees from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Gardner-Webb University.
Dr. Pratt is a church historian specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century religion in America. His teaching philosophy places students at the center of his work, creating an atmosphere where students take an active role in the learning process and are challenged to think about relevant issues rather than rote memorization of facts. His lectures are informed by his research on the Worship Wars and John Smyth, The Great Awakening, and Extreme Local Church Protectionism. He authored the first scholarly biography on Ben Bogard, newspaper editor and denominational leader who organized the Landmark Baptist movement.
Dr. Pratt requires high standards in the classroom, in his professional development, and in service to the college community. He has served on numerous college-wide committees, coordinated a symposium on “Faith and Justice”, directs academic advising, mentors new faculty, and advises the Phi Theta Kappa chapter. His colleagues nominated him twice for the Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award and honored him with the Huff Faculty Prize for excellence in teaching.
President Scott Cochran adds “Dr. Pratt is fully immersed in the college community. He engages students with masterful teaching and inspires colleagues by his exemplary research and continuing professional development. SMC is enriched by his dedication to higher learning.”