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Emily H. McGowin, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer of Theology

On Faculty since 2018

Dr. Emily McGowin is a teacher and scholar of religious studies and a theologian in the Anglican tradition. She is also a deacon in the diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others. She specializes in the study of lived religion, which goes beyond the traditional focus on texts and historical figures to include the everyday practices and experiences of individuals and their communities. Fortress Press published her first book in May 2018: Quivering Families: The Quiverfull Movement and Evangelical Theology of the Family. She has taught religious studies and theology for many years in university, high school, and local church settings. She is married to Ron and they have three children.

University of Dayton
Ph.D., Theology, 2015

George W. Truett Theological Seminary
M.Div., Theology, 2007

Criswell College
B.A., Biblical Studies, 2003

  • Religious Studies
  • Ethnography
  • Theology
  • Teaching
  • Lived Theology


Quivering Families: The Quiverfull Movement and Evangelical Theology of the Family (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2018).

“Every Wife Has a Church in Her Home: The Family and the Church in the American Quiverfull Movement,” Ecclesial Practices, Vol. 4.1 (May 2017): 133-157.

“Praying for More: Mothers and Motherhood in the American Quiverfull Movement,” in Angels on Earth: Mothering, Religion, and Spirituality, edited by Vanessa Reimer (Bradford, ON: Demeter Press, 2016), 73-90.   

“Eroticism and Pain in Mechthild of Magdeburg’s The Flowing Light,” New Blackfriars, Vol. 92, Issue 1041 (2011): 607-622.

“Hanserd Knollys and Mystical Babylon Unveiled: Two Contemporary Perspectives and Some New Observations,” Baptist History and Heritage Journal, 44.1 (2009): 47-59.

“Feminism” and “The Gender of God” in The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics, edited by Ergun M. Caner and Ed Hindson (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2008).

“A Gift of God”, Anglican Pastor, May 4, 2018: http://anglicanpastor.com/a-gift-of-god-by-rev-dr-emily-mcgowin/

“Christian Families and the Mission of God”, The Telos Collective, March 14, 2018: https://www.teloscollective.com/christian-families-and-the-mission-of-god/

  • Ethnography and Theology
  • The Family and Ecclesiology
  • Gender and Theology
  • Lived Religion
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Conference on Faith and History
  • Religious Research Association
  • Association of Practical Theology