Curriculum Vitae

1965 Born in Bad Oeynhausen (North-Rhine-Westphalia)
1970-1975 Primary School
1975-1984 High School Bad Oeynhausen (“Immanuel-Kant-Gymnasium”)
1984-1990 Studies in Protestant Theology at the universities of Münster, Heidelberg, Jerusalem, Berlin
1987-1992 Jewish Studies („Judaistik“) at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, und Free University, Berlin
1992-1995 Training for the ministry („Vikariat“) at Dortmund (United Church of Westphalia)
1994 Doctoral degree in Jewish Studies (Dr. phil.) at Free University, Berlin, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer
1995-2001 Assistant Professor („Wissenschaftlicher Assistent“) at the Faculties of Protestant Theology at the universities of Halle and Münster
2000 Habilitation in Practical Theology at the University of Münster

Positions and Professional experiences
1996 Ordination for ministry at Halle
1995-1997 Volunteer in parish confirmation work in Halle
1997-2000 Teaching RE at a Comprehensive School and a Gymnasium in Münster
2001-2011 Professor for Religious Education at the Institute for Protestant Theology at Saarland University, Saarbrücken
2008 Call to the chair for Religious Education at the Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Vienna (rejected)
since 2011 Chair for Practical Theology, specialized in Religious Education, at the Faculty of Theology, Georg-August-University, Göttingen
since 2013 Ephorus of the Theological Stift, Georg-August-University, Göttingen
2019-2021Dean of the Faculty of Theology

Research interests:

  • Comparative Religious Education
  • Religious Life in schools
  • History of RE and catechetics
  • Christian-Jewish Dialogue and Practical Theology
  • Education in Modern Judaism, Islam and Christianity
  • Models and methodology of Practical Theology