The Reformation of Worship and Preaching

  • a conference in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation
  • 10-11 September 2017
  • Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • sponsored by FaithLife Financial
  • register online by 1 September!

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Rev. Dr Jobst Schöne

Born in 1931 in Naumburg, Germany, Jobst Schöne received his theological education in the universities of Tübingen and Münster, from SELK’s seminary at Oberursel, and from Concordia Seminary St. Louis, USA. In 1968 he earned his doctor’s degree in systematic theology under Dr Enst Kinder with a dissertation on “Kirche und Kirchenregiment [Church and Church Governance]”. In 1978 Concordia Fort Wayne, USA, presented him with a DD degree. Schöne started out as parish pastor of St Mary’s Lutheran Church in Berlin, Germany, (1962-85), and served as bishop of the Independent Evang.-Luth. Church (SELK) in Hannover (1985-96). Since retirement, he has lectured frequently in Latvia, Estonia, South Africa, and the USA, and continued writing and publishing.

Rev. Fredrik Sidenvall

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1962, Fredrik Sidenvall went to high school in Uppsala and studied theology and classical languages at the Royal University of Uppsala. Ordained for the Diocese of Gothenburg of the Church of Sweden 1985, he served various parishes and military regiments. Since 2007 he has been Headmaster of the Lutheran High School of Gothenburg (nL M Engströms Gymnasium) and has founded a branch in Stockholm (Johan Movingers Gymnasium). He is editor of the weekly confessional magazine Kyrka och Folk (Church and Nation) and a contributor to Logia. Co-founder of the North European Luther Academy. Fredrik Sidenvall is married to Anna since 1984. They are parents of six children and grandparents of nine grandchildren.

Rev. Dr John R. Stephenson

A native of Hartlepool in the northeast of England, John Stephenson studied at the Universities of Oxford (MA) and Durham (PhD), and entered the ministerium of the Lutheran Church through colloquy at Concordia, Ft. Wayne. After serving a parish in Lewiston, NY (1986-89), he has been a professor of historical theology at CLTS for twenty-eight years. His wife Bonnie serves as an administrative deaconess at the seminary. They have three daughters and five grandchildren.

Rev. Dr James E. Keller

A native of Dashwood, Ontario, James Keller trained as a pharmacist at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, before changing paths and preparing for the pastoral ministry at CLTS. He served as pastor of St Peter’s Ev. Luth. Church, New Hamburg, ON (1999-2006), and as Director of Christ Academy North and an instructor at CLTS (2006-12). He earned his PhD at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. He currently is Executive Director of Lutheran Bible Translators of Canada (2012- ). He is married, with one daughter.


Sunday, 10 September 2017

  • 4.00pm Seminary Opening Service (Evening Prayer), with installation of Professors Rev. Esko Murto and Rev. Dr Harold Ristau; Preacher: Rev. Dr Naomichi Masaki
  • 5.30pm Rare Book Room Ribbon Cutting
  • 5.45pm Dinner at the seminary ($15)
  • 7.15pm Greetings from Bishop Gerard Bergie, Niagara Diocese
  • Open Lecture: “Luther without Fake News!” (Schöne) – free of charge

Monday, 11 September 2017

  • 9.00am Matins
  • 9.45am “‘I Believe that Jesus Christ Is My Lord’—Understanding the Authority of Luther’s Preaching in an Anti-Authoritarian Culture” (Sidenvall)
  • 10.45am Break
  • 11.15am Response, Fr Timothy Scott, CSB; Q&A
  • 11.30am “The Reformation of Soteriology” (Stephenson)
  • 12.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm “The Reformation of Worship” (Schöne)
  • 2.30pm Response, Dr Michael Attridge; Q&A
  • 2.45pm Break
  • 3.15pm “Luther, the 95 Theses, and Ecumenism: That They May Be One in 2017” (Keller)
  • 4.15pm Vespers

The Sunday evening lecture is free and open to the public. Dinner will be provided to those who pre-register at a cost of $15.

The Monday conference registration fee of $50 ($25 for seniors) includes a cold lunch.