Biography

1975

born in Basel/Switzerland

1994

Abitur at Gymnasium Schönau/Schwarzwald, received the Scheffel-Award

1994-2002

Studied Protestant Theology at the Kirchliche Hochschule in Bethel, University Leipzig, University Basel / Switzerland, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
Student assitant with Prof. Dr. Hans Ruh/Basel (Systematic Theology / Ethics), Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael Welker/Heidelberg (Systematic Theology / Dogmatics), and also at the Institute for the academic research of sermons (Predigtforschungsstelle) at Heidelberg University;
student assistant for the craft of research (Abteilung für Schlüsselkompetenzen); student assistant of the Protestant Student Congregation in Bethel

2002

1st Theological Exams (Protestant Church in Baden)

2002-2006

PhD program at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg; stipend of Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg and of Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e.V.

2003

Research leave in USA, Washington D.C. at National Archives and at the German Historical Institute (GHI), funded by DAAD

2007

PhD:  The role of protestant church and religion in the process of Germany’s reeducation and democratization after World War II. Perspectives of the American program of reeducating Germany. Published in German: „Aufbrüche zu neuen Ufern. Der Beitrag von Religion und Kirche für Demokratisierung und Reeducation im Westen Deutschlands nach 1945“ (EVA Leipzig, 2008) – this book was awarded with the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise 2008

2006-2008

training in ministry in Waldwimmersbach and Lobenfeld, finished with 2nd Theological Exams (Protestant Church in Baden)

2008

Ordained minister of the Protestant Church in Baden

2008-2010

Minister (50%) at the Center for Spirituality Klosterkirche Lobenfeld and in the congregations of Waldwimmersbach and Lobenfeld, later in Schönbrunn (with Moosbrunn, Schwanheim, Allemühl and Haag)

2008-2013

Postdoctoral teaching assistant (50%) for Systematic Theology / Dogmatics (with Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael Welker) at the Faculty for Theology of Heidelberg University.

2009-2010

Templeton Award lectures held at the University of Hamburg, Oslo (Det teologiske Menighetsfakultet), University of Helsinki, Chicago (University of Chicago / Divinity School and Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion; Meadville Lombard Theological School), Stellenbosch (Faculty of Theology), Kapstadt (Western Cape University), Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), Potchefstroom (North-West University), Taipei (Taipei Theological Seminary) and Chung-Li/Taiwan (Chung-Yuan Christian University)

since 2010

Dean of Theologisches Studienhaus in Heidelberg as ordained minister of the Protestant Church in Baden (50%), since 2013 (25%) counseling within the board for human resources within the Protestant Church in Baden.

2013 and 2014

Visiting Scholar at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion of the University of Chicago, stipend of Karl-Schlecht-Stiftung

since 2010

Research Associate and Project Consultant of The Enhancing Life Project (50%)

2015

Venia legendi in Systematic Theology Lecturer (Privatdozentin) at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Heidelberg
Second book: Vulnerable Life. Dying, Death and Finitude in the Horizon of a Realistic Anthrology (will be published in German: Der verwundbare Mensch. Sterben, Tod und Endlichkeit im Horizont einer realistischen Anthropologie, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016)