Jonathan Strom

Professor of Church History; Director of International Initiatives
Jonathan Strom
Phone: 404.727.4168
    • PhD, University of Chicago, 1996
    • MTS, Harvard University, 1987
    • BA, St. Olaf College, 1984

    In addition to teaching church history at Candler since 1997, Dr. Jonathan Strom is the director of international initiatives, helping Candler students navigate the opportunities for study abroad while in seminary. Strom was named associate dean of faculty and academic affairs in 2015 and promoted to SeniorAssociateDean of Faculty and Academic Affairs in 2019.

    Strom’s research interests include Pietism in continental Europe, the history of the Protestant clergy, and the emergence of modern forms of piety and religious practice. He has written widely on the clergy, lay religion, and reform movements in post-Reformation Germany, and is the author/editor of five books, most recently German Pietism and the Problem of Conversion (Penn State Press, 2018). Strom is currently at work on one project, the history of the common priesthood.

    A Fulbright Scholar, Strom’s work has been supported by grants from the Lilly Foundation, the Association of Theological Schools, and Emory’s University Research Committee. He is a member of the American Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, the Pietism Studies Working Group, and the German Studies Association.

    Selected publications

    • Faculty Publication
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    German Pietism and the Problem of Conversion. Penn State Press, 2018

    Co-author,Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions. Baker, 2017

    Editor,Pietism and Community in Europe and North America. Brill, 2010

    Co-editor,Pietism in Germany and North America: 1680-1820. Ashgate, 2009

    Orthodoxy and Reform: The Clergy in Seventeenth Century Rostock. Mohr Siebeck, 1999

    Chapters and Articles

    "Pietism," in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800. Oxford University Press, 2016

    "Pietism and Conversion in Dargun," in Pietismus und Neuzeit. Pietismus und Neuzeit, 2014

    "Krisenbewusstsein und Zukunftserwartung bei Friedrich Breckling," in Geschichtsbewusstsein und Zukunftserwartung. Göttingen University Press, 2013

    "Constructing Religious Experience: Conversion Narratives in Hallensian Pietism," in Beiträge des III. Internationalen Kongresses für Pietismusforschung. Halle, 2012

    Co-editor, Factbook on Theological Education for the Academic Year 1996-1997. Association of Theological Schools, 1997

    Selected Awards

    Young Center's Dale W. Brown Book Award for German Pietism and the Problem of Conversion, 2019

    DAAD Research Fellowship

    Summer Research and Teaching Award, Candler School of Theology

    Herzog-Ernst Scholarship for research in the Gotha library collections

    Summer Research and Teaching Award, Candler School of Theology

    University Research Committee Grant, Emory University, 2003-2004

    Faculty Research Expense Grant, the Association of Theological Schools

    Summer Research and Teaching Award, Candler School of Theology

    Lilly Faculty Fellowship and Visiting Scholar at the Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte in Göttingen, 2000-2001

    Summer Research and Teaching Award, Candler School of Theology

    Wabash Workshop on Teaching and Learning, 1998-1999

    Honors Day Convocation Sermon, Cannon Chapel, March 30, 2017

    "Cranach, 'Law and Gospel' and the Protestant Theological Tradition," Reformation Day at Emory, October 27, 2016

    Honors Day, Cannon Chapel, April 14, 2016

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, October 22, 2015

    Moderator, "COSMOS: God's Creation and the Care of the Earth" - Prophetic Voices Centennial Academic Conference, Cannon Chapel, March 19, 2015

    Selected courses

    Reforming the Church and the People: Sixteenth-Century Models

    Women in Radical Protestantism

    History of Clergy and Their Office

    Pietism: The Development of Modern Piety

    Theology of Luther

    Reformation Theology and Historiography