Directors & Advisors

In 2022 the research and tutoring programs at the Wittenberg Center for Reformation Studies have begun. Ashley Null concentrates on the English Reformation and Andreas Stegmann focuses on the German Reformation.

A number of renowned scholars come to Wittenberg to present their research on the Reformation. The "Research Fellows" stay for several weeks and concentrate on their own research projects; the "Teaching Fellows" participate for a shorter time and focus on presenting their research to the participants of the courses.

Director for English Reformation Studies

Dr. Ashley Null

Ashley Null studied Creative Writing at Southern Methodist University (BA) and Protestant theology at Yale Divinity School (MDiv and STM). He pursued his doctoral studies on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Cambridge, where he now also holds a Bachelors of Divinity. He is an adjunct professor and research fellow at numerous academic institutions around the world. His research interests are Thomas Cranmer, Reformation history, Anglicanism, and the pastoral care of elite athletes.
Director for German Reformation Studies

Dr. Andreas Stegmann

Andreas Stegmann studied Protestant theology at the universities of Halle-Wittenberg, Marburg, and Tübingen. He continued his doctoral and postdoctoral studies at Humboldt University (Berlin). He is a lecturer for Church History at the Theological Faculty of Humboldt University. His research interests are Reformation history, early modern Lutheranism, Brandenburg church history and the Transformation of Protestantism in the 19th and 20th centuries (CV/Bibliography).
Teaching Fellow – Boston

Prof. Dr. Christopher Boyd Brown

Christopher Boyd Brown (Ph.D., history, Harvard 2001; M.Div. Concordia St. Louis) is Associate Professor of Church History at Boston University School of Theology and General Editor of the extension of the American Edition of Luther’s Works being published by Concordia Publishing House.

His research interests include Martin Luther’s reception of patristic and medieval sources, the reception of Luther among his students and the laity, and the roles of preaching, music, and the visual arts in the Reformation. He is the author of Singing the Gospel: Lutheran Hymns and the Success of the Reformation (Harvard 2005). His current project is a study of early modern wedding preaching.

In June 2023 he is a Research Fellow at the Wittenberg Center for Reformation Studies. He participates in the 2023 Wittenberg Summer Course on the German Reformation and works in the libraries and archives on his research projects.

Teaching Fellow – Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Jennifer Wasmuth

Prof. Jennifer Wasmuth is professor for Ecumenical Theology and Eastern Orthodoxy at Göttingen University.

As part of the Wittenberg Summer Course 2023 she will be Teaching Fellow and discuss with the participants the patristic background of the German Reformation.

Teaching Fellow – Birmingham (Alabama)

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh

Prof. Jonathan Linebaugh is teaches at Beeson Divinity School. He holds the ‘Anglican Chair of Divinity’ and is Director of the ‘Institute of Anglican Studies’.

As part of the Wittenberg Summer Courses 2022 and 2023, he will discuss his research on Luther intepretation of Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians.

Teaching Fellow – Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kaufmann

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kaufmann is Professor for Church History at the University of Göttingen. He is Germany’s leading scholar on Reformation history. In 2020 he received Germany’s most prestigious academic award, the Leibniz Prize, awarded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council).

As part of the Wittenberg Summer Courses 2022 and 2023, Thomas Kaufmann will discuss his research on the Reformation and print and on the Peasant’s War.

Teaching Fellow - Berlin

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wendebourg

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wendebourg teaches Church History at Humboldt University in Berlin. She held the chair for Reformation History in the Theological Faculty from 2002 to 2017.

As part of the 2022 and 2023 Wittenberg Summer Course, she discusses three of her favourite research topics: sixteenth-century sacramental theology, Reformation and music, as well as Luther and the Jews.

Teaching Fellow - Tübingen

Dr. Matthias Deuschle

Dr. Matthias Deuschle is a lecturer in Church History at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and Director of Studies at the Albrecht Bengel House, where Protestant pastors and Religious Education teachers for Württemberg are trained. He specializes in the history of the Reformation in Southwest Germany and in nineteenth-century Prussian church history.

As part of the Wittenberg Summer Courses 2022 and 2023 on the German Reformation, Matthias Deuschle presents his research on the Reformation in Southwest Germany.

Teaching Fellow - St. Louis

Prof. Dr. Robert Kolb

Robert Kolb is professor emeritus of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (Missouri). His research focuses on Martin Luther’s theology and the history of the Reformation and post-Reformation period.
As part of the Wittenberg Summer Courses 2022 and 2023 he will discuss with the Student Fellows the development and long-term impact of Luther’s theology.

Research Fellow - Ryle Seminary (Ottawa)

Prof. Dr. Steven Griffin

Steven Griffin (PhD, Historical Theology, McGill University) teaches theology and church history at Ryle Seminary in Ottawa, Canada, and in the Spanish Program of Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Given his particular interest in the theology of Spanish Protestant reformers such as Casiodoro de Reina (c. 1520-1594)  and Antonio del Corro (1527-1591), he uses the opportunity as a 2022 Research Fellow at the Wittenberg Center for Reformation Studies to look further into the special impact of German and Swiss reformers on the confessional theology of their Spanish counterparts.

Teaching Fellow - Malsfeld

Dr. Henning Reinhardt

Henning Reinhardt is pastor for four villages near Kassel and head of studies for his deanery. His research interests are Luther’s sacramental theology and Reformation attempts of dialogue and understanding. In 2018, his book on the ‘Wittenberg Concord’ of 1536 was awarded the ‘Martin Luther Prize’ (Luthergesellschaft e.V.).
In the 2023 Wittenberg Summer Course he will present his research about the Wittenberg Concord and share his experiences in working with archival material.

Teaching Fellow - Colchester

Dr. Thomas Freeman

Thomas Freeman is Lecturer in Early Modern History in the Department of History at the University of Essex, Colchester. He specializes in John Foxe and the English Protestant martyrs of Queen Mary’s reign.

For the 2023 Summer Special Course on Reformation Paleography, he will teach for two days, introducing participants to sixteenth-century English manuscript culture.

US Retreat Leader - Jacksonville, FL

Rev. John Fonville

Rev. John Fonville, MDiv. is the founding rector of Paramount Church, a church plant in Jacksonville, Florida, in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America. He is passionate about the power of Reformation theology to transform the lives of Christians wearied by always having to prove their worth. John and his wife, Kathryn, live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and have six children.

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