Father Mercer Finalist for 2012 John Pollock Award
Anthony L. Chute, author of Father Mercer: The Story of a Baptist Statesman, was named a finalist for the 2012 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography.
The Pollock Award, named for the great Christian biographer John C. Pollock, is presented annually by Beeson Divinity School (Samford University) for the year’s most outstanding Christian biography. Past winners include Eric Metaxas for Bonhoeffer, Alan Jacobs for The Narnian and Timothy Dudley-Smith for John Stott.
Father Mercer tells the story of the life and labors of Jesse Mercer, a leader in Georgia Baptist life during the first half of the nineteenth century. His influence was felt in many areas as he was pastor of several churches, author of numerous writings, editor of a newspaper and a hymnal, philanthropist, and denominational statesman. Mercer’s life span and his ministerial responsibilities uniquely positioned him to play a key role in the development of Baptist thought in the Old South.
Anthony L. Chute is associate dean of the School of Christian Ministries and associate professor of Church History at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. He received his PhD in Historical Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and MDiv from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. His service to the church includes pastorates in Georgia, Alabama, Wisconsin, and California. He and his wife, Connie, have two children, Amos and Joelle.