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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Peter Allan Verkruyse  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1959 in Kewanee, IL

-- Peter Allan Verkruyse on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

I was born and raised in Kewanee, Illinois. I currently reside in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

I received a B.A. in Christian Ministries from Lincoln Christian College in 1982, an M.A. in Preaching (1987) and M.Div. in New Testament (1988) from Lincoln Christian Seminary, and an M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1995) in Speech Communication with specializations in the history of rhetoric, rhetorical theory, and rhetorical criticism from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I have served on the faculties of Kentucky Christian University (1994-2000), Illinois College (2000-2009) and Lincoln Christian University (current).

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Prophet, Pastor, and Patriarch: The Rhetorical Leadership of Alexander Campbell
ISBN: 0817314776

University Alabama Press. 2005

A study of the role of rhetoric in the exercise of leadership within a community of faith.

This book examines the rhetorical strategies employed by Alexander Campbell, a key figure in the “Stone-Campbell” or Restoration movement, which eventually comprised one of the largest religious sects in 19th century America and gave rise to three major contemporary church groups: The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Churches of Christ, and the independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Campbell was the dominant voice in this movement for four decades.

Peter Verkruyse studies Campbell’s sermons, lectures, debates, letters, and journals to discover the extent to which Campbell’s leadership depended upon his discursive practices. Through close readings, Verkruyse finds that a significant reason for the breadth and duration of Campbell’s influence was his keen sense of the demands of rhetorical situations. As his movement evolved over time, Campbell faced radically different rhetorical circumstances, and his ability to adapt his rhetoric to the exigencies and constraints of these situations generated for him an evolving leadership ethos--first as prophet, then as pastor, and finally as patriarch.

Fundamentally a study of religious rhetoric as a tool of leadership, this work also makes an important contribution to the canon of 19th century American religious history.

Building Blocks for Bible Study: Laying a Foundation for Life
ISBN: 0899007953

College Press Publishing Company, Inc.. 1997

This book is a must buy for any new pupil of the Bible. It teaches how to thoroughly analyze a passage of Scripture through study of background, context, grammer, and word choice (diction). The book also addresses Biblical tools, such as Bible atlases, dictionaries, concordances, and commentaries. This is an excellent book for anyone, especially those who are just beginning to learn the truths of God's word. This book would also serve as an excellent text for a quarterly sunday school class.

Hebrews (The College Press Niv Commentary)
ISBN: 089900637X

College Press Publishing Company, Inc.. 1997

Hebrews (The College Press Niv Commentary)


  • Religious Communication Association Book of the Year 2006, ''Prophet, Pastor and Patriarch

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Contact me at to schedule presentations and lectures on the history of the Stone-Campbell Movement, the discourse of Abraham Lincoln, or various aspects of the history of American Public Address.