Jason Gehrke was born in Ypsilanti in 1984. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve upon completion of Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2010. He was deployed twice, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Spartan Shield. For his tour in Afghanistan, he was awarded the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star Medal. For his leadership of Company B, 337th Military Intelligence Battalion, Captain Gehrke was awarded the prestigious General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award for exemplifying the ideals of “duty, honor, and country.” This highly selective, national award is given only to the top 28 company grade officers in the Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard from among the thousands of officers in each component.
During his military service, Jason earned a Master of Arts degree from Concordia Theological Seminary and went on to win a Rotary International Fellowship to study at Strasbourg University in France, before eventually earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Marquette University. He then returned to Michigan to serve as an Assistant Professor of History at Hillsdale College, where he was quickly awarded a “tenure track” position on the faculty. Jason is the author of the book, From Power to Virtue: Virtus in the Early Christian Thought of Lactantius, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.