Kostlevy to direct Brethren Historical Library and Archives




William Kostlevy, new director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives
Photo by courtesy of Bill Kostlevy
William Kostlevy, new director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives

William (Bill) Kostlevy begins March 1 as director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. He comes to the BHLA from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., where he has been professor of History since 2005.

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In previous work he was archivist at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., from 2004-05. From 1988-2004 he worked at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ken., first as bibliographer in a Wesleyan holiness studies project, and then as archivist and special collections librarian and professor of Church History.

He is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Asbury College; a master’s degree in History from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.; a master of Theology from Bethany Theological Seminary; and a master’s degree and doctorate in History from the University of Notre Dame, where he held the William Randolph Hearst Fellowship. He has been a fellow at the Young Center at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, and was a member of the Church of the Brethren Historical Committee 1997-2007.

He is a published author, having contributed numerous articles to the “Brethren Encyclopedia,” “Brethren Life and Thought,” “Methodist History,” “Blackwell’s Dictionary of Evangelical Biography,” “Encyclopedia of New York City,” “Wisconsin Magazine of History,” “Christian History,” “The Encyclopedia of Christianity,” “Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements,” “Evangelical Studies Bulletin,” among other volumes. He also has written, compiled, edited, or co-edited a number of books with a focus on Wesleyan and holiness or Pentecostal movements.

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