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Center for Restoration Studies

The Center for Restoration Studies was established in 1986 and is jointly managed by the ACU Brown Library and the ACU College of Biblical Studies. The Center advances scholarship related to the Stone-Campbell Movement and is one of the most active research communities dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating scholarship related to the history of the Stone-Campbell Movement, specifically Churches of Christ. The Center for Restoration Studies also provides a robust and vital link between Abilene Christian University and congregations within the Stone-Campbell Movement. 

The Brown Library’s archives, one of the largest and most extensive Stone-Campbell archives anywhere, is a repository of books, archival materials (cabinets and boxes of file folders, papers, audio/video cassettes, etc.), and artifacts connected with the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.  The Center also serves as a host for lectures and symposia dedicated to the history of Churches of Christ, including the Center’s Restoration Day, held annually on or around September 7th of each year. 

The Center for Restoration Studies is currently directed by Dr. Wes Crawford, Assistant Professor of Church History within the ACU Graduate School of Theology. The Center is also served by a cohort of fellows, a group that provides research expertise and assistance with helping the Center fulfill its mission. Center for Restoration Studies fellows frequently spend time in residence on the ACU Campus conducting archival research or offering classroom and/or public lectures that advance scholarship within this area.

Find digitized materials in our Institutional Repository – Digital Commons @ ACU or find a list of our Finding Aids here.

CENTER FOR RESTORATION STUDIES CONTACTS

Wes Crawford

Director and Assistant Professor of Church History
Abilene Christian University

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James Wiser

Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology
Abilene Christian University

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Mac Ice

Director of Special Collections and Archives
Abilene Christian University

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Carisse Berryhill

Special Assistant to the Library Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Abilene Christian University

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Jason Fikes

Director of Abilene Christian University Press/Leafwood Publishers
Abilene Christian University

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CENTER FOR RESTORATION HISTORY FELLOWS

D.J. Bulls

Glenwood Church of Christ
Tyler, TX

Caleb Clanton

Professor of Philosophy
Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN

Doug Foster

Professor Emeritus
Abilene Christian University
Abilene, TX

Terry Gardner

Staff Vice President
Anthem, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

David Holmes

Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN

Richard Hughes

Scholar in Residence
Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN

Loree Hunnicutt

Professor of History
Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA

Ed Robinson

North Tenneha Church of Christ
Tyler, TX

Kathy Pulley

Professor of Religion
Missouri State University
Springfield, MO

Jerry Rushford

Professor Emeritus
Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA