Dr. Vinson Synan
Scholar in Residence; PH.D. Program Director, Graduate School of Theology and Minsitry
Dr. Vinson Synan is one the leading authorities on the history of Holiness, Pentecostal and the Charismatic Movements. Writing and editing more than 20 books in his lifetime, he has contributed works such as The Holiness Pentecostal Movement in the United States, The Old-Time Power, and his most recent major work, The Century of the Holy Spirit. In addition to these publications Dr. Synan released his memoirs titled An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit in 2010. His work and writings are authoritative resources on the history of Pentecostalism and various other topics in the church. In addition, he was one of the founders to the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS) in 1970.
Synan earned the B.A. degree at the University of Richmond in 1958 and the M.A. degree (1964) and Ph. D. degree (1967) at the University of Georgia. For four years he served on the faculty of Oral Roberts University. He now serves as Dean Emeritus in the School of Divinity of Regent University and Interim Dean of the College of Theology and Ministry at ORU.