In 1984-85, I was a guest student at the Sprachenkonvikt (the seminary of the East German Evangelical Church) in East Berlin, the first time that the seminary had been permitted to host an American student. I have returned to eastern Germany many times since—and even happened to be there on November 8, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell!

I have been especially interested in what it means for East German Christians to be the church in an area that was once the heart of the Reformation but today is highly secularized (less than 25% of East Germans belong to the church).

My research interests include:

  • New forms of church life in contemporary eastern Germany
  • The theology of Wolf Krötke, one of eastern Germany’s foremost systematic theologians and an important interpreter of the theologies of Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The role of the church in the peaceful revolution of 1989
  • What East German and North American Christians can learn from each other