Brad Doerksen, MA, MSc

Director of the Archibald LibraryInstructor in History

Email: bdoerksen@briercrest.ca

Faculty of Maintenance

Education

B.A.R. Rocky Mountain College, 1996
M.A. Briercrest College and Seminary, 2002
M.Sc. The Robert Gordon University, 2006

Biography

Brad is a prairie boy, born and raised in Manitoba, though he has lived and studied in all four western provinces. Having worked in the Archibald Library since 2001, he likes the diversity that his job brings; from book selection and collecting statistics to managing a budget, changing light bulbs, and sorting books, no two days are ever the same in the library. He enjoys helping students learn, whether it's the history of Christianity, how to find information in the library, or doing better research. Brad is also grateful for the opportunity to be actively involved in the life of a local church. He's an avid fan of hockey and football (go Jets and Bombers), and enjoys cycling and canoeing.

Research Interests

Brad's primary research interests relate to the history of Christian life and thought. He has studied the ways Jonathan Edwards's writings on revival were used by both supporters and detractors of the Toronto Blessing. He also has an interest in the various ways Christians responded to the aftermath of Constantine's conversion.

Notable Publications

  • "A Different Kind of Embedded Librarian"The Christian Librarian. (forthcoming)"

  • "The Blue Sweater" [book review] The Christian Librarian. 54, no.1 (Spring 2011) 34

  • "A Fragile Stone: The Emotional Life of Simon Peter" [book review]The Christian Librarian. 47, no. 2 (Spring 2004) 74-75.
  • "Did Jonathan Edwards Change His Mind?" inScholarship in the Plain: Essays in Honour of Bruce Hindmarshed. Carla Hoffmann. Caronport, SK: Vanidee Press, 2001.

Memberships and Affiliations

American Theological Library Association

Association of Christian Librarians

Canadian Library Association

Prairie Association of Christian Librarians

Saskatchewan Library Association