Foto: Gülay Keskin


born in Basel/Switzerland


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


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


1st Theological Exams (Protestant Church in Baden)


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


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


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


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


Ordained minister of the Protestant Church in Baden


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)


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


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%)


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)


Adjunct professor for Systematic Theology / Ethics at  Ruhr-University Bochum


Lecturer for Systematic Theology at the Faculty of Theology at Zurich University