John D. Woodbridge

Faculty Since 1970

Research Professor

Church History and the History of Christian Thought


BA, Wheaton College

MA, Michigan State University

MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Doctorat de Troisième Cycle, Universite de Toulouse, France


Dr. Woodbridge has taught history at the University of Toulouse, Northwestern University, and Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, and his areas of expertise include evangelicalism, fundamentalism, the history of the Bible’s authority, the French enlightenment and religion, the French Hugenots, and the origins of higher criticism. He speaks fluent French.
He and his wife, Susan, reside in Lake Forest, Illinois. They have three children. In his spare time, Dr. Woodbridge enjoys music.

Selected Publications

The History of Biblical Authority (Zondervan, 1982)

The Evangelicals (Abingdon, 1975)

Revolt in Prerevolutionary France: The Conspiracy of the Prince de Conti Against Louis XV (1755-1757) (Johns Hopkins, 1995)

Ambassadors for Christ (Moody, 1994), editor

More Than Conquerors (Moody 1992), editor

Great Leaders of the Christian Church (Moody 1988), editor

Renewing Your Mind in a Secular World (Moody, 1985), editor

Letters Along the Way (Crossway, 1993) co-authored with D.A. Carson

Scripture and Truth (Zondervan, 1983), editor

Achievements & Affiliations

  • Four Gold Medallion Awards for his works related to Christian history and biography. 
  • Senior editor, Christianity Today magazine 
  • Various academic articles and books in Europe
  • Postgraduate study with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Studies, and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Germany. 
  • Fulbright fellowship, 1965
  • In 2017, Dr. Woodbridge received an honorary Doctorate in Theology from Colorado Christian University.
  • American Society of Church History
  • American Society of 18th Century Studies
  • American Catholic Historical Association
  • French Historical Society
  • French-Société française d’etude du 18 siècle