Presentations in this conference will examine figures, networks, and organizations that have promoted Pietist religious values throughout the world. Scholarly papers will explore the definition and development of Pietism within World Christianity, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

June 1-3, 2022
1 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

United Theological Seminary
4501 Denlinger Road
Dayton, OH 45426

In-person registration – $80
Livestream Registration – $25
Student, Faculty and Alumni/ae Registration – $50
Friday Boxed Lunch – $10

Wendy Deichmann
Director of the Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage
[email protected]





Wednesday June 1

9:30 a.m. – noon Optional visit to Brethren Historical Center in Brookville, OH

(Lunch on your own)

Conference Opening

1:00 p.m.  Welcome and announcements

Opening Plenary

1:30 p.m. Plenary: J. Steven O’Malley, “The Influence of the Radical Pietist Gerhard Tersteegen (1697-1769) upon German American Revivalism”

John Wesley and Pietism

2:15 p.m. Joshua Jones, “The Meaning of ‘New Birth’ in Spener and Wesley”

2:45 p.m. Pete Bellini, “Wesley, the Almost Charismatic”

3:15 p.m. Coffee break with snacks

3:45 p.m. Evangelical United Brethren & UTS Archives Introduction and Video

Early 19th Century Pietism: the USA and Denmark

4:15 p.m.  Scott Kisker, “A Manifest Move of God: The Miraculous in Early 19th Century American Pietism”

4:45 p.m.  Noel Adams, “Kierkegaard and Pietism: Disturbance, Awakening, and Anxiety”

5:15 p.m.  Break

5:30 p.m.  Worship in Pietist tradition

6:00 p.m.  Dinner at UTS


Thursday June 2

8:30 a.m. Coffee & light breakfast

19th & Early 20th Century Developments in Pietism

9:00 a.m. Jean-Louis Prunier, “Heirs of Pietism in France, 1815-1830”

9:30 a.m. Laurel Lied, “Enevold Ewald, the Ordo Salutis and Apokatastasis: Questions for the future of Pietism”

10:00 a.m. David Bundy, “Pietism in What Sense? Elsa Borg (Stockholm) and Martin Wells Knapp (Cincinnati)

10:30 a.m. Coffee break

11:00 a.m. Sergei Nikolaev, “Faithful to the End: The Pietist Sensibilities of Julius Friedrich Hecker (1881-1937)”

11:30 a.m. Wallace Thornton, Jr. “Hulda Rees (1855-1898): Pentecostal Prophetess and Heir of Pietism”

Noon Lunch break

1:30 p.m. Alan M. Guenther, “Ram Chandra Bose and North Indian Pietism”

2:00 p.m. Brethren Historical Library and Archives & Manchester Wesley Research Center Presentations

2:30 p.m. Coffee break with snacks

German American Pietist Heritages

3:00 p.m. William C. Kostlevy, “Ambivalent Pietists: Three Centuries of Dunker Struggle with Subjective Religious Experience”

3:30 p.m. Timothy S. Binkley, “Puzzling Parallels: The Church of the Brethren and the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, 1890-1940”

Break 15 min

4:15 p.m. Denise D. Kettering-Lane, “Anna Mow: Reinvigorating Pietist Witness for Brethren and Beyond”

4:45 p.m. Wendy Deichmann, “The Evangelical United Brethren Heritage in and beyond United Methodism”

5:15 p.m.  Break

5:30 p.m.  Worship in Pietist tradition

6:00 p.m.  Depart for dinner at a nearby restaurant


Friday, June 3

8:00 a.m. Coffee & light breakfast

20th Century Theologians and Pietism

8:30 a.m. Peter James Yoder, “The Good, the Bad, and the Holy: A Consideration of Twentieth Century Reformed Evaluations of German Pietism”

9:00 a.m. Steve Hoskins, “’You Have Your Own Private Brand of Existentialism’: Pietism in the Theology of Mildred Bangs Wynkoop”

9:30 a.m. Austin Hoyle, “Faith and Reason in ‘Heart Religion’: Towards a Pietistic Rendering of Witness and Revelation”

10 a.m. Coffee break

20th & 21st Century Developments in Pietism

10:30 a.m. Karen Garrett, “Zinzendorf’s Words Continue to Sing: Pietism and Twentieth Century Brethren Hymnody”

11:00 a.m. Candy Gunther Brown, “Pietist Origins of Global Deliverance Ministries”

11:30 a.m. Scott Holland, “From Pietist Poetics to Romantic Theopoetics? Breaking the Puritan Captivity of Contemporary Pietism”


12:00 noon Summary Comments, Instructions, Pietist Hymn, and Conference Conclusion

Boxed Lunches available (Pre-order)

1: 00-3:00 p.m. Optional tour of Evangelical United Brethren & UTS Archives



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