Carisse Berryhill


Three Bells by C. S. Bell Still Ring at Freed-Hardeman University

By Tom L. Childers, Henderson, Tennessee There is something very magical and memorable about a school bell. Freed-Hardeman University has three of them, all manufactured by the same foundry. Charles Singleton Bell (1829-1905) apprenticed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to learn the foundry business from his uncle. In 1858, he began his own company called…

“Our Tradition, Our Identity as Churches of Christ,” by David Worley

David Worley, Chancellor at Austin Graduate School of Theology and an elder at the Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, Texas, delivered this seminar at the 2012 Sermon Seminar at Austin Graduate School of Theology. He explores  “Characteristics of Churches of Christ: Teaching (Our Youth) to Treasure and Appreciate Our Family Portrait…

From Oklahoma Christian Special Collections: A Special Place for Cordell Memories by J J Compton

  JJ Compton, OC Archivist: When you think of Christian higher education connected to the Stone-Campbell tradition in the state of Oklahoma, my guess is that most people automatically think of Oklahoma Christian University which is located in Oklahoma City, or perhaps OC’s previous name and location, Central Christian College, located in Bartlesville.…

Here is Water: Mud and Murals

If you grow up in a family of preachers, you hear lots of preacher stories, and the funniest ones are about baptisms gone bad, when the ridiculous collides with the sublime. My dad once had to be pulled out of a pond at night by the Iowa farm wife he had just baptized…


Carisse Mickey Berryhill, PhD, is Associate Dean for Archives and Collections at Abilene Christian University’s Brown Library. Berryhill holds advanced degrees in English, library science, and church history. She does research in rhetoric in the Stone-Campbell religious reform movement of the 19th Century and its 18th Century Scottish roots. At ACU she directs the university archives and leads the acquisition of print, archival, and digital collections related to the Stone-Campbell movement. She currently serves as chair of the Corporation Board of Restoration Quarterly.


The CHARIS website hosts conversations of and about Churches of Christ. In partnership with the ACU Library and the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry at Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX), the website is supported and led by the Center for Heritage and Renewal in Spirituality (CHARIS) at ACU. The Center’s mission is to renew Christian spirituality through engagement of Christian heritage, at Abilene Christian University and beyond. The views expressed on the CHARIS website are those of the various authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of Abilene Christian University or CHARIS at ACU. Questions or comments about the CHARIS website can be directed to charis @

2017-18 CHARIS Editorial Board:
Dr. Carisse Berryhill
Dr. Jason Fikes
Karissa Herchenroeder
Mac Ice
Chai Green
Tammy Marcelain
Molly Scherer
Dr. John Weaver

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