Vinson Synan, dean emeritus and distinguished professor of church history at Regent University, received his PhD in American history from the University of Georgia. He founded and pastored four churches and has held various denominational offices. in 1970, Synan co-founded the Society for Pentecostal Studies, which has given institutional shape to Pentecostal research. He has published numerous scholarly and popular articles and essays and many books. He and his wife, Carol, live in Chesapeake, Virginia.