Stephen Monsma


Stephen Monsma is a Research Fellow at the Paul Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College, and is a Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Calvin College and Pepperdine University. Monsma served in the Michigan State House of Representatives and Senate from 1972-82, after which he continued his public role while working with the Michigan Natural Resources Commission and the Michigan Department of Social Services.

Dr. Monsma received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has done extensive work in the areas of church-state relations and faith-based nonprofit organizations. He is the author of many books, including:

  • Pluralism and Freedom: Faith-Based Organizations in a Democratic Society
  • Healing for a Broken World: Christian Perspectives on Public Policy
  • Faith, Hope and Jobs: Welfare to Work in Los Angeles (with Christopher Soper)
  • Putting Faith in Partnerships: Welfare-to-Work in Four Cities
  • Working Faith: How Religious Organizations Provide Welfare-to-Work Services
  • The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Five Democracies
  • When Sacred and Secular Mix: Religious Nonprofit Organizations and Public Money

In addition, he edited Church-State Relations in Crisis: Debating Neutrality and is co-editor of Equal Treatment of Religion in a Pluralistic Society.