Gary Eller, Ph.D.
Dr. Eller is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He was a John Motley Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and graduated in 1972 with a major in English. He began seminary at the Duke University Divinity School and holds a Master of Divinity degree (1977) from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. His M.A. (1984) and Ph.D. (1988) were earned at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. His primary field was Religion and Personality studies with a minor in Church History.
Dr. Eller’s doctoral dissertation was a psychobiographical study of the eighteenth-century American theologian Jonathan Edwards. He has published many articles, chapters, and book reviews on Edwards and other theological topics.
Gary is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has served congregations in multiple states, including Nebraska and Iowa. Since 2007 he has been president of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation in Omaha and a member of the Committee on Theological Education for the P.C.U.S.A.
In addition, he holds a number of denominational leadership roles.
At UNO, Dr. Eller has taught online and classroom courses such as Religions of the West, the History of Christianity, and Religion in America. Most of the teaching he does through Creighton University and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary is in Historical Studies. He has prior teaching experience at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Rhodes College in Memphis, and Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
Dr. Eller is a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the American Society of Church History (ASCH).