Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

Dr. Tom Bergler

Professor of Ministry & Missions

Dr. Tom Bergler completed his Ph.D. in American Religious History from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. in Theology and Church History from Wheaton College.

He served as a staff worker for University Christian Outreach for 7 years, helping to evangelize and disciple students at the University of Michigan, the University of London, and Michigan State University. He co-founded the Spring Academy, a Christian theology and ministry camp for students from state universities.

He currently serves as senior associate editor of The Journal of Youth Ministry.

He is the author of:

  • The Juvenilization of American Christianity, Eerdmans Publishing, 2012. See the article on his book in Christianity Today by clicking here. See below for a lecture based on the book.
  • “The Juvenilization of American Christianity: Why Christians Don’t Want to Grow Up and What to Do about It” Christian Research Journal 36:1 (2013): 48-51.
  • “Taming the Juvenilization of American Christianity: Developing Youth Ministry Leaders Who Can Help the Church Grow Up” The Journal of Youth Ministry, 9:1 (Fall 2010): 7-34.
  • “Enduring Myths of Youth Ministry” Youthworker Journal (Sept./Oct. 2004) See the article by clicking here.
  • “‘I Found My Thrill’: The Youth for Christ Movement and American Congregational Singing, 1940-1970" in Richard Mouw and Mark Noll, eds. Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdman’s, 2004): 123-149
  • “The Place of History in Youth Ministry Education” Journal of Youth Ministry 1:1 (Fall 2002): 57-71

He teaches Foundations of Christian Ministry, Discipling Ministries, Contemporary American Youth Culture, and Understanding the Christian Faith.

Click here for full list of presentations, ministry activities, and publications by Dr. Bergler.


 Dr. Tom Bergler, Huntington University, a Christian college