University of Dubuque

Bradley J. Longfield

Dean of the Seminary and Vice President of the University, Professor of Church History
B.A., Wesleyan University; M.Div., Yale University; Ph.D., Duke University; joined the UDTS faculty in 1992.

Contact Info:
120 Severance | (563) 589-3122 | blongfie@dbq.edu

"The study of church history frees us from ignorance of the past and thereby provides us with the background necessary to proclaim the Gospel faithfully in the present. By disclosing the diverse traditions within the Christian faith the discipline of church history opens us to insights and perspectives that allow us to make informed theological and pastoral responses to contemporary issues and situations in the church."

A minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Bradley Longfield served as a pastor in Indiana and taught at Duke Divinity School before coming to UDTS. He has served as Dean of the Seminary since 1998. His book, The Presbyterian Controversy: Fundamentalists, Modernists, and Moderates, investigates the fundamentalist/ modernist conflict in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in the 1920s and 1930s.

Dr. Longfield has also co-edited The Secularization of the Academy, a collection of essays addressing the history of religion and higher education. His current research and publications focus on the history of church conflict and twentieth-century denominational history.