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Chamberlin, J. Gordon



  • Existence: 1914-


J. Gordon Chamberlin was born March 18, 1914, in Blairstown, Iowa, to Alfred B. and Eunice Chamberlin. He attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and received his B.A. in History in 1935. He received his B.D. from Union Theological Seminary of New York City. His focus while there was Christian Ethics. In 1951, he received his Ed.D. degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. His thesis was "Revelation and Education."   In 1937, Chamberlin married Elna Challman. Together they had four children: John Stephen, Judith, Philip David, and Mark Andrew. In 1972, they divorced. Chamberlin married Mildred A. Eck in 1973.   Chamberlin was ordained a minister in the Methodist church in 1938. He has served as a minister in several congregations. He was a lecturer in religious education and psychology at Union Theological Seminary from 1953-1960. He served as a professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary from 1960-1979 and he and his wife, Mildred, moved to Greensboro, North Carolina.   Chamberlin has written many books during his long career in the religion and education fields. These include works such as The Church and its Young Adults, The Educating Act, A Phenomenological View, "I Don't Have No Education" and Other Reflections, and Churches vs. Education, A Battle Lost. He has contributed to Existentialism and Phenomenology in Education and Culture as Education. He has written numerous articles for magazines and newspapers.   In retirement, he continues to teach occasionally at Greensboro College, write books and articles, and participate in numerous organizations.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

J. Gordon Chamberlin Papers

Identifier: MsC0580

Teacher, Methodist minister and writer on theological and educational subjects. Correspondence, course materials, sermons and speeches, with materials relating to his many books and articles.

Dates: 1930-2005