Historian; professor of history. Born– February 22, 1930, in Jacksonville, Fla. Parents– David Edwin and Mildred (Lee) Harrell.  Married– Adelia Frances Roberts, September 7, 1954. Children–five. Education– David Lipscomb College, B.A., 1954; Vanderbilt University, M.A., 1958; Ph. D., 1962.  Taught at East Tennessee State University, 1961-1966; University of Oklahoma, 1966-1967; University of Georgia, 1967-1970; University of Alabama in Birmingham, 1970-1990, serving as department chairman, 1970-81; University Scholar, 1975-1990;  University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1981-85; Breeden Eminent Scholar, Auburn University, 1990-2005. Fulbright lecturer, University of Allahabad, 1976-1977; lectured in India and Bangladesh.  Published more than forty articles in historical journals.  Member of the American Historical Association, American Society of Church History, Organization of American Historians, Disciples of Christ Historical Society.  Institute of Ecumenical and Cultural Research Fellow, 1974, 1980. Awarded emeritus status on his retirement at Auburn, 2005.


Contemporary Authors online; Auburn University website.


All Things are Possible; …. Bloomington, Ind.; Indiana University Press, 1975.

The Churches of Christ in the Twentieth Century: Homer Hailey’s Personal Journey of Faith. Tuscaloosa; University of Alabama Press, 2000.

Oral Roberts; an American Life. Bloomington, Ind.; Indiana University Press, 1985.

Pat Robertson; A Personal, Religious, and Political Portrait.  New York: Harper, 1987.

Quest for a Christian America; …. Nashville; Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1966.

The Social Source of Division in the Disciples of Christ; …. Atlanta; Publishing Systems, 1973.

Unto a Good Land; A History of the American People.  Eerdmans, 2005.

White Sects and Black Men in the Recent South. Nashville; Vanderbilt University Press, 1971.


American Origins of the Churches of Christ:  Three Essays on Restoration History.  Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 2000.

The Disciples and the Church Universal. Nashville; Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1967.


Varieties of Southern Evangelism. Papers of the 4th Hugo Black Symposium in American History, UAB, 1979. Macon, Ga.; Mercer University Press, 1981.