Michael J. Gehring

Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology


  • Practical Theology
  • Evangelism
  • C.S. Lewis Studies
  • Wesley and United Methodist Studies


  • Ph.D., University of Manchester (UK), 2014
  • D.Min., Southern Methodist University, 2002
  • Th.M., Duke University, 1992
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1988

Michael Gehring is Senior Pastor of Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville, NC. A Senior Fellow of the Polycarp Community (Perkins, SMU), he is also an Associate Fellow of the Manchester Wesley Centre (Manchester, UK). In 2017, Cascade Press (Wipf & Stock) published his book The Oxbridge Evangelist: Motivations, Practices, and Legacy of C.S. Lewis. It was also published by Lutterworth Press in Cambridge, England. His spiritual autobiography As the Broken White Lines Become One was published by Resource Publications (Wipf & Stock) in 2018. He coedited along with Andy Kinsey and Vaughn Baker The Logic of Evangelism Revisited (Pickwick Publications, Wipf & Stock, 2019) which examines William J. Abraham’s seminal contribution to the field of evangelization studies evaluating its continued relevance. His most recent work Losing Church: The Decline, the Pandemic, and Social and Political Storms (Resource, 2022) is a pastoral memoir reflecting on the challenges of leading a church in the current age.


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