CMU Professor Gets
Grant to Study American Evangelicalism in
Brian Froese, history professor at Canadian
Mennonite University (CMU), has received a grant
from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada (SSHRC) to study the influence
of American evangelicalism in western Canada.
The title of Froese’s project is, American
Evangelical Missions in the Twentieth-Century
Froese became interested in the topic while
doing archival research about Mennonite Brethren
ministry to Aboriginal people in B.C. in the
1950s and 1960s.
“I kept coming across material about American
evangelical mission groups who were working in
western Canada,” he says. “It was apparent from
the material that they viewed western Canada as
a mission field. One document described
Saskatchewan in the 1950s as one of the most
unchurched regions in North America.”
Froese will use the three-year grant, worth
$54,000, to study the impact of American
evangelical missionary work in western Canada,
and also to see how American evangelicals
influenced western Canadian church groups,
Froese is a member of the Fort Garry
Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada is the federal agency that
promotes and supports university-based research
and training in the humanities and social
Posted April 10, 2008.
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