Dr. Lee Spitzer

Professor of Church History


Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer is an affiliate professor of church history. He specializes in Baptist history, Christian-Jewish relations and the Holocaust, contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism, Christian spirituality and church renewal.

Lee also serves as the Historian of the Baptist World Alliance, a global fellowship of 48 million members in 239 member bodies from 125 countries. Previously, he served as the General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches USA, a denomination of 5,000 churches and 1.3 million members, and the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey. He has pastored congregations in Nebraska, New Jersey and Rhode Island. He was ordained as an American Baptist minister in 1981.

Dr. Spitzer earned his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2016, he was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Theology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the International Baptist Theological Study Centre, for his research on Baptists and the Holocaust.


Dr. Spitzer has authored Making Friends, Making Disciples (2010) and Baptists, Jews, and the Holocaust: The Hand of Sincere Friendship (2017), as well as other scholarly articles and books.