Kenneth Sawyer was appointed assistant professor of church history in July 1993, after serving on the McCormick Theological Seminary adjunct faculty since 1988. In addition to his faculty duties, he served on the staff of the Jesuit-Krauss-McCormick Library between 1980 and 1998. Ken’s teaching and research focus upon Reformation topics, Anglo-American Reformed groups, Puritanism and New School and Old School Presbyterianism.
Ken was born in Sacramento, California in 1956. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago Divinity School. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled “Secret Walkings Before the Lord: The Theology of Increase Mather, 1639-1723.” He has published articles in a range of topics, from early Christian history in Egypt, to contemporary multiculturalisms and the uses of technology in theological education.
Ken is married to Patricia Cloud, and they have three children, Elisabeth, Jane and Anna.