Connecting The American Revolution and The Reformation
The Lasting Impacts of The Reformation
Please join Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church of Wilmington, Delaware in welcoming two eminent Reformation scholars: Timothy Wengert and Robert Kolb on February 24, 2018 at noon. The event will be a panel with Dr. Wengert and Dr. Kolb answering pre-submitted questions about The Reformation and its lasting influence in our lives. A reception will follow in All Saints' Hall at Concordia.
Timothy J. Wengert was born in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1950. After receiving Bachelor and Master's degrees at the University of Michigan, he studied at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota (M.Div. 1977) and Duke University (Ph.D. 1984). An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1977), he was professor of Reformation History at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia from 1989 until his retirement in 2013. He writes on topics of Reformation history and theology, especially on Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon. In 2000 he received the "Melanchthon Prize" from the city of Bretten, Germany (where Melanchthon was born). Twice he has been asked to give plenary addresses at the International Luther Congress (1997 and 2017). He is author or editor of over twenty books and in 2015 edited the first volume of "The Annotated Luther" (The Roots of Reform), published by Fortress Press, Minneapolis.
Robert Kolb was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and attended Concordia College, St. Paul, Minn. (1959-1961); Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1961-1963); and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. (1963-1968, M.Div., S.T.M.). After completing his doctorate in history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1973), he served as director of the Center for Reformation Research in St. Louis (1973-1977). Concordia College, St. Paul, called him in 1977 to teaching positions in the departments of religion and history; he also served as acting president (1989-1990). In 1993 Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, called him to be Missions Professor of systematic theology and director of the Institute for Mission Studies. From 1994 through 2010 he taught abroad, chiefly in post-Soviet Europe, for three months of the year.Kolb served as associate editor (1973-1994) and co-editor (1995-1997) of The Sixteenth Century Journal and is still co-editor, with A.R. Victor Raj, of Missio Apostolica (since 1996). He was a member of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (1984-1992) and its chair (1990-1992). He served as president of the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (1981-1982) and the Society for Reformation Research (1994-1996). Since 1993 he has been a member of the Continuation Committee of the International Congress for Luther Research. Kolb has lectured at more than 40 educational institutions on five continents and at many ecclesiastical gatherings. Since 1996 he has been Gastdozent at the Lutherische Theologische Hochschule in Oberursel, Germany.
Valparaiso University (2000), Concordia University Saint Paul (2005), and Concordia University Irvine (2008) have awarded him the Doctor of Letters honorary degree.