Anthony Chute, Ph.D.

Professor of Church History
Associate Dean, School of Christian Ministries

Office Phone: (951) 343-4264
E-mail: achute@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center B244
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Historical Theology/Church History Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 2002
M. Div. Pastoral Ministry Beeson Divinity School 1997
B. A. Christian Ministry Brewton-Parker College 1993
B. A. Christian Studies Brewton-Parker College 1993
  • Courses Taught

    Spring 2017 Courses:

    CST412
    History and Theology of the Reformation
    Mon/Wed 9:30–10:30 a.m.
    YCTR A110

    CST300
    History of Baptist Thought
    Tues/Thurs 8:45–10:15 a.m.
    YCTR A111

    CST360
    Church History
    Tues/Thurs 10:30 a.m.–noon
    YCTR A112

    Previous Courses:
    CST 100 Overview of the Bible
    CST 110 Introduction to the Old Testament
    CST 130 Introduction to the New Testament
    CST 210 Pentateuch and Former Prophets
    CST 220 Latter Prophets and Writings
    CST 300 History of Baptist Thought
    CST 301 The Christian Life
    CST 310 Exposition of Genesis
    CST 360 Church History
    CST 370 Christian Doctrine
    CST 400 History and Theology of the Reformation
    CST 413 History and Theology of the Puritans
    CST 413 History of Christianity in America
    CST 413 History of Christian Thought

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Church History
    Historical Theology
    Post-Reformation Studies
    Nineteenth-Century Baptist Thought
    History of Evangelicalism

  • Teaching Experience

    Professor of Church History (2014–present)
    California Baptist University

    Associate Professor of Church History (2008–2014)
    California Baptist University

    Assistant Professor of Christian Studies (2003–2008)
    California Baptist University

    Adjunct Professor (2007–present)
    Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention (Ontario)
    Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (Mill Valley, Brea)

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    BOOKS:
    Anthony Chute, Nathan Finn and Michael Haykin. The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Faith. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, B&H Academic: August, 2015.
    Anthony Chute, Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson, eds. "Why We Belong: Evangelical Unity and Denominational Diversity." Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2013.
    Anthony Chute. "Father Mercer: The Story of a Baptist Statesman." Macon, Ga: Mercer University Press, 2011.
    Anthony Chute. "A Piety Above the Common Standard: Jesse Mercer and Evangelistic Calvinism." Macon, Ga: Mercer Press, 2004; paperback reprint, 2005.

    BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS:
    Anthony Chute. "Lott Carey," "Walter Thomas Conner," "Elmer Gantry," "William Bullein Johnson," "John Mason Peck," "Primitive Baptists," and John Lewis Shuck," in Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
    Anthony Chute. “Jesse Mercer,” in A Noble Company: Biographical Essays on Particular-Regular Baptists in America. Volume VII. Springfield, MO: Particular Baptist Press, 2016. Pp. 1–26.
    Anthony Chute. “William Rogers,” in A Noble Company: Biographical Essays on Particular-Regular Baptists in America. Volume V. Springfield, Missouri: Particular Baptist Press, 2014. Pp. 99–122.
    Anthony Chute. “Silas Mercer” in A Noble Company: Biographical Essays on Particular-Regular Baptists in America. Volume IV. Springfield, Missouri: Particular Baptist Press, 2014. Pp. 163–182.

    DISSERTATION:
    Anthony Chute. "Evangelism, Education and Cooperation Among Calvinistic Baptists of the Old South: An Examination and Assessment of the Work and Writings of Jesse Mercer." Doctoral Committee: Douglas Sweeney, John Woodbridge, Timothy George.

    CURRENT PROJECTS:
    Anthony Chute. “Missional Spirituality is Congregational,” in Missional Spirituality, edited by Nathan Finn and Keith Whitefield. Coauthored with Christopher Morgan. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. Forthcoming, March 2017.
    Anthony Chute. "Joshua Callaway," in A Noble Company: Biographical Essays on Particular-Regular Baptists in America. Volume IX. Springfield, MO: Particular Baptist Press. Forthcoming.
    Anthony Chute. “What Made Famous Christians Holy?” in Spiritual Formation, Theology in Community Series. Edited by Christopher Morgan. Wheaton, IL: Crossway. Forthcoming.
    Anthony Chute and Matthew Emerson, editors, Journal of Baptist Studies.

    ARTICLES:
    “Fall and Redemption.” HCSB Worldview Study Bible. Forthcoming.
    “Reception History of Titus 3 in Baptist Life,” The Journal of Baptist Studies 5 (November 2013): 64–90.
    “Showing Baptists the Back Door.” California Southern Baptist. April 2010.
    “Calling All Pastors.” California Southern Baptist. February 2010.
    "Celebrating Four Centuries of Baptist Faith." Commemorative Brochure containing Biographical Sketches of Historic Baptist Leaders. Published by California Baptist University, 2009.
    “Those Fissiparous Baptists.” California Southern Baptist. November 2009.
    “Blest Be the Tie that Binds.” California Southern Baptist. October 2009.
    “Baptists Have a Lot to Learn.” California Southern Baptist. September 2009
    “The Quotable Charles Spurgeon.” California Southern Baptist. July 2009
    “Making Excuses for Missions.” California Southern Baptist. June 2009
    “The Church That Sings Together.” California Southern Baptist. May 2009
    “No Bailout for the Churches.” California Southern Baptist. April 2009
    “Is Persecution a Thing of the Past?” California Southern Baptist. March 2009
    "Obedience in the Small Things of Life." California Southern Baptist. 5 February 2009
    "Happy Birthday(s) Baptists!" California Southern Baptist. 5 January 2009.
    "Five Events From Church History Every Pastor Should Know." Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox (June 2007)
    "What a Brewton-Parker Alumnus Learned From Mercer -- Jesse Mercer, That Is." Viewpoints: Georgia Baptist History (2002): 5–21.
    "Civil War," in C. Douglas Weaver, ed. From Our Christian Heritage (Macon, Georgia: Smyth & Helwys Press, 1997), 215–216.

    ARTICLES, PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS:
    "Pastoral Advice from the Past." Presented at Evangelical Theological Society, 68th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas. November 2016.
    “Jesse Mercer: A Ministerial Profile.” Presidential Address for the Evangelical Theological Society, Far West Region. April 2016.
    "Justification in Titus 3: A History of Baptist Interpretation." Evangelical Theological Society, 62nd Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. November 2010.
    "When We Talk About Calvinism, Let's Be Honest." Evangelical Theological Society 59th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. November 2007.
    "The Conversion of Conversionism in Baptist Life." Evangelical Theological Society 58th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. November 2006.
    "Desert Warriors or Church Deserters? The Relationship of Early Christian Monasticism to the Church Catholic." Evangelical Theological Society 57th Annual Meeting. Valley Forge, PA. November 2005.

    BOOK REVIEWS:
    Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman, eds., “Baptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age.” Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2015. Reviewed for Baptist History & Heritage (Summer 2016): 94–96.
    Barry Hankins and Thomas Kidd, “Baptists in America: A History.” New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Reviewed for Themelios 41.1 (pp. 137–139).
    Bartlett, Robert. "Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?" Saints and Worshipers from the Martyrs to the Reformation. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2013. Reviewed in Journal of Baptist Studies (June 2014): 76–81.
    Peter Tie. "Restore Unity, Recover Identity, and Refine Orthopraxy: The Believers' Priesthood in the Ecclesiology of James Leo Garrett." Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2012." Reviewed in Baptist History and Heritage (Spring 2014): 93–95.
    Keith Harper, editor. "Through a Glass Darkly: Contested Notions of Baptist Identity." Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2012. Reviewed in Journal of Church and State. 2014.
    James Patterson. "James Robinson Graves: Staking the Boundaries of Baptist Identity." Nashville, TN: B&H Academic. Reviewed in Renewing Minds: A Journal of Christian Thought (Fall, 2012): 84–86.
    Bruce Gourley. "Diverging Loyalties: Baptists in Middle Georgia During the Civil War." Macon, GA: Mercer University Press: 2011. Reviewed in Baptist History and Heritage (Summer, 2012): 92–94.
    Andrew Naselli and Collin Hansen, eds. "Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism." Grand Rapids, Zondervan: 2011. Reviewed in Themelios: 37 (April 2012): 97–99.
    Dwight Honeycutt. "Henry Vedder: His Life and Thought." Atlanta, Georgia: Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2008. Reviewed in Baptist History and Heritage (Spring, 2009): 91–92.
    Thomas Nettles. "By His Grace and For His Glory: A Historical, Theological and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life." Revised and Expanded 20th Anniversary Edition. Founder's Press: Cape Coral, Florida: 2006. Reviewed in the Journal of Baptist Studies 2 (2008):
    Burch, Jarrett. "Adiel Sherwood: Baptist Antebellum Pioneer in Georgia." Reviewed in Baptist History & Heritage (Spring, 2005): 102–103.
    Gardner, Robert. "Missionary to Wiregrass Georgia: W. I. Patrick and his 1894-1895 Diary." Baptist History & Heritage (Winter 2007): 113–115.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Member, First Baptist Church, Hesperia.
    Pastor of churches in Georgia (1992–1993), Alabama (1994–1997), Wisconsin (1997–2000) and California (2004–2011)
    Multiple Interim Pastorates and Pulpit Supply

    PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
    Evangelical Theological Society
    American Society of Church History
    California Baptist Historical Society
    Baptist History and Heritage Society

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Dr. Chute has been married to Connie since 1991. They have two children, Amos (b. 1999) and Joelle (b. 2004). Their hobbies include watching major league baseball, reading together, and traveling back to Georgia to enjoy sweet tea and barbecue.

  • Personal Philosophy

    "And I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding." Jeremiah 3:15, ESV

    Heidelberg Catechism, Question 1:
    Q. What is Thy only comfort in life and death?
    A. That I, with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil, and so preserves me that without the will of my Heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation; and therefore by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life; and makes me sincerely willing and ready henceforth to live unto him.