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Lee Spitzer

Professor of Church History


Graduate Certificate in Baptist Leadership


Lee B. Spitzer (PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is the Program Director for the Baptist Leadership Certificate Program and an Affiliate Professor of Church History at Northern Seminary. He is also the Historian for the Baptist World Alliance. Before retirement, he served as the General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches USA —the first person of Jewish descent to hold that office. He pastored three ABC churches and served as the Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor of ABC New Jersey for 14 years. His PhD is from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in association with the International Baptist Theological Study Centre (IBTS). His DMin and MDiv degrees were earned at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He serves on the Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and as an IBTS Research Fellow. He is the author of several books, including Sympathy, Solidarity, and Silence: Three European Baptist Responses to the Holocaust (Judson Press, 2022), Baptists, Jews, and the Holocaust: The Hand of Sincere Friendship (Judson Press, 2017), and Making Friends, Making Disciples: Growing Your Church Through Authentic Relationships (Judson Press 2010).