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Schwanda, Tom

Tom Schwanda

Adjunct Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality

PhD, Durham University (Historical Theology)

DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary (Christian spirituality)

MDiv, New Brunswick Theological Seminary

           Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

BA, Moravian College



Tom is a Reformed Church in America minister, who spent 18 years serving three different congregations.  He taught a variety of courses related to Christian spirituality, including spiritual theology, discipleship, reading Scripture, and worship at Kuyper College (Grand Rapids) and Wheaton College, where he retired from in 2019.  He is a trained spiritual director and has companioned others in their spiritual pilgrimages for over 35 years. He is passionate about assisting Protestants in recovering a contemplative spirituality and is a member of the Royal Historical Society of England.


Tom’s writings include three books: The Emergence of Evangelical Spirituality: The Age of Edwards, Newton, and Whitefield (Classics of Western Spirituality, Paulist Press), Puritanism and Emotion in the Early Modern World (Palgrave MacMillan), and Soul Recreation: The Contemplative–Mystical Piety of Puritanism (Pickwick), and numerous journal articles related to various aspects of Christian spirituality.