Center for Christian Faith & Culture

Celebrating 10 years in 2023-24, the Center for Christian Faith & Culture exists to explore the wisdom of the Christian intellectual tradition in order to foster theological literacy, prayerful contemplation, and faithful reasoning within the Church, the academy, and other areas of professional life.

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Programs and Activities


March 25 Pastors and Church Leader Lunch: 11:30 BCC 
Dr. Paul Gutacker, Director of the Brazos Fellowship
Loving the Lord with All Your Mind: Why Every Christian is Called to be a Theologian
In this talk, Paul Gutacker explores a question: is study just for some Christians, or for all? He diagnoses several ways in which contemporary understandings of learning and education have unhelpfully constrained our imaginations. Then, drawing on St. Augustine and several modern theologians, he presents an alternative account of study to our modern obsession with utility and technique. In this vision, theological study is a way of loving God with all our minds, and thus properly the work of amateurs rather than professionals.

March 25 Lecture: JC 106 7:00 pm
Dr. Paul Gutacker, Director of the Brazos Fellowship
Don't Know What You're Doing After Graduation? Good.
"So what's next?" If you're a senior, that's a question you'll hear again and again this year. What if you don't yet have an answer? And what if that's not only ok, but actually good? Join a conversation on work, career, and vocation with Dr. Paul Gutacker, Director of Brazos Fellows. 


The ongoing work of the Center includes regular communication with our various constituencies including regular meetings with pastors and other community leaders.


We are devoted to formation in the way of Christ as understood in classical, ecumenical, and Trinitarian Christian orthodoxy. Through workshops, lectures, conferences, and retreats, we offer continuing education and leadership development for area pastors, lay leaders, Malone students, faculty, and staff.


Through student fellowships, reading groups. and other informal gatherings, we encourage & cultivate friendships grounded in the knowledge, wisdom, and love of Jesus Christ.

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We aim to foster a rich Christian culture characterized by theological literacy, practical wisdom, and spiritual discernment. We envision Christian families, churches, schools, as well as business and community leaders better equipped to navigate these confused times with Christian wisdom and moral integrity.


Our approach is both ecumenical and orthodox, and our theological orientation is captured by what C.S. Lewis described as “mere Christianity.” The Center aims to promote the spiritual substance of (to use another phrase from Lewis) a “deep church."


Affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Tradition, Malone University's faculty, staff, and student body are ecumenical and highly diverse. The Center for Christian Faith & Culture is deeply invested in this diverse community, and we are grateful to have a seat at the table, where we can consistently and passionately represent the classical Christian tradition in our work on campus and beyond.

Our Staff


David Beer, Ph.D.,  is the director of the Center for Christian Faith & Culture.  David assisted the work of the Center as associate director before being named director. Beer is an associate professor of Political Science in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences. As a political theorist who specializes in the thought of Augustine, Charles Norris Cochrane, and Eric Voegelin, Professor Beer works at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and theology.