Edward L. Bond has been named the new editor of Anglican and Episcopal History to succeed the Rev. Dr. John F. Woolverton who will retire in June 2007, Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Ph.D., president of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, announced.
Anglican and Episcopal History, the quarterly journal published by the Society, was founded 75 years ago as a publication devoted to the history of the Church in America. It now covers the history of Anglicanism worldwide.
Bond is currently associate professor of History at Alabama A & M University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religion from the College of William and Mary; a Master of Arts in Divinity from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago; and a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from Louisiana State University.
His scholarship has focused on the history of the Church in early America, although his doctoral dissertation, published by Mercer University press in 2000 under the title "Damned Souls in a Tobacco Colony: Religion in Seventeenth-Century Virginia," also dealt extensively with the English religious background out of which the Church in America first developed.
Bond's 1997 article, "England's Soteriology of Empire and Colonial Identity in Early Virginia," received the Nelson Burr Prize for the "most outstanding essay" published that year in Anglican and Episcopal History. His "Source of Knowledge, Source of Power: The Supernatural World of English Virginia, 1607-1624" received the William M. E. Rachal Award for the best overall article published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography in 2000. Bond's other publications include a history of St. James Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, and an edited volume of sermons, "Spreading the Gospel in Colonial Virginia," that includes representative sermons by both Anglican and dissenting clerics.
He is co-author of a forthcoming history of the Diocese of Virginia and is engaged in the preparation of a biography of the Rev. James Blair, founder of the College of William and Mary and a major figure in the history of politics and religion in the Virginia Colony.
Thompsett heralded Bond's appointment as a significant step in deepening people's knowledge of the Church's history at "this critical time when looking backward can help us faithfully move forward."