Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor
and beloved writer and speaker from
Danville, Indiana. An eclectic writer,
Gulley has published 17 books, including the acclaimed Harmony series
chronicling life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony,
Indiana and the best-selling Porch Talk series of
I Love You,
Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana
years in Danville, Indiana.
In addition, Gulley and co-author James Mulholland describe their progressive worldview in their books, If Grace Is True and
If God Is Love, followed by Gulley's book
If the Church Were Christian
most recently published book,
The Evolution of Faith: How God is Creating a Better
Gulley proposes a fresh direction for Christianity and
articulates a Christianity that, while faithful to the
priorities of Jesus, can help its adherents live happily,
peacefully, and productively in our complex world.
Gulley was raised in Danville,
Indiana where he lives today with his wife, Joan, and their sons,
Spencer and Sam, in a comfortable house with a welcoming porch. Many of
his characters and recollections are taken from his boyhood in this
small Midwestern town.
Gulley attended Marian College in
Indianapolis where he studied theology and sociology. He then enrolled at Christian Theological Seminary
where he received his Master of Divinity in 1992. While in seminary, he
became the pastor of Irvington Friends Meeting in Indianapolis and
began writing essays for the church's newsletter. Paul Harvey, Jr.
received those newsletters and shared them with a publisher. A few
months later, the publisher invited Gulley to publish his essays,
which became his first book, Front Porch Tales. He has been
writing ever since.
Gulley is currently the the
pastor at Fairfield Friends Meeting near Indianapolis.
Additionally, he hosted the television program
with Phil Gulley on the Indiana PBS affiliate
WFYI and their
flagship show Across Indiana, for which he received
Awards. He also writes the popular monthly Home
Again column for Indianapolis Monthly
and is a regular contributor to
In 2010, Christian Theological Seminary awarded Gulley an
honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.