Norris A. Magnuson graduated summa cum laude from Bethel College (BA) and Seminary (BD), now Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. At the University of Minnesota he earned an MA in Library Science (1961) and a PhD in History (1968), studying under Dr. Timothy L. Smith, author of the companion volume, Revivalism and Social Reform. Dr. Magnuson had a distinguished 38 year career at Bethel Theological Seminary where he served as Professor of Church History and Library Director. On retiring in 1997 he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. Other published works include Missionsskola (a history of Bethel Theological Seminary), American Evangelicalism: An Annotated Bibliography (with Dr. William G. Travis), and numerous journal articles in the New 20th-Century Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.