Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-11-09

Historian and educator John Wigger is this year’s recipient of the John Pollock Award for Christian Biography given by Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School.

Dr. Wigger won for his 2009 book, American Saint: Francis Asbury and the Methodists (Oxford University Press).

Wigger is professor of history at the University of Missouri, where his teaching and research interests focus on American religious and cultural history. He is also the author of Taking Heaven by Storm: Methodism and the Rise of Popular Christianity In America, 1770-1820. 

The Pollock Award honors Christian biographer John C. Pollock, a British writer whose more than 30 books on religion include The Billy Graham Story and many other biographies. The award is presented annually to the author of the year’s outstanding Christian biography.

Beeson dean Dr. Timothy George will present the award to Wigger during a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.