University of Dubuque

Gary Neal Hansen

Associate Professor of Church History
B.A., University of Washington; M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary; joined the UDTS faculty in 1999

Contact Info:
222 Severance | (563) 589-3151 | ghansen@dbq.edu


"Church history puts Christian faith and theological education in context. Exploring the past, one sees how and why the Church came to believe what it believes. Learning the stories of saints and sinners, of the faithful and foolish things done in Christ's name, one can gain wisdom and strength for life and ministry. Studying such theologians as John Calvin whose ideas still shape the Church after centuries we can ask questions along with them, and bring our own views into dialogue and debate with theirs. Doing so we grow, and we may even nd answers to the questions of our age."

Dr. Hansen is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and spent ve years as a pastor doing redevelopment work in a small church in New Jersey. His teaching experience includes being a Teaching Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary, serving as Adjunct Professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary, and leading retreats and adult education courses for a number of churches. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1998, and has taught at UDTS since 1999. He has pub­lished in the Princeton Seminary Bulletin, Teaching Theology & Religion, and Presbyterian Outlook.