Randall Balmer (b. 1954)

American author, educator, filmmaker, and Episcopal priest. Born in Chicago, Balmer received an extensive religious education culminating in a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985 and his ordination as an Episcopal priest in 2006. He has authored many articles and more than a dozen books, including Religion in Twentieth Century America (2001) and a memoir, Growing Pains: Learning to Love My Father’s Faith (2001). His most recent book is The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond (2010). Balmer made an Emmy-nominated documentary of his second book, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America (1989, 4th ed. 2006), and he has produced documentaries on the life of evangelist Billy Graham and the creation-evolution debate. The editor of Christianity Today, Balmer is a professor of American religious history at Barnard College, Columbia University. See also columbia.edu/cu/religion/faculty-data/randall-balmer/faculty.html.