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Faculty Profile: Denise D. Kettering-Lane

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Denise Kettering-LaneAssistant Professor of Brethren Studies

Office: 765-983-1800 




Biographical Sketch:
I serve as the Assistant Professor of Brethren Studies at Bethany. I received a BA in Religion from Ashland University in Ohio and a Masters in Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. I completed my PhD in Religious Studies at The University of Iowa in May 2009. While completing my PhD, I served as a research fellow at both the University of Iowa and at the Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany.  My dissertation, “Pietism and Patriarchy: Spener and Women in Seventeenth-Century German Pietism”, examined the ways in which the beliefs and practices of the Pietist movement both challenged and reinforced existing gender roles in early modern Germany.  My current research continues to focus on gender issues within German Pietism.

In 2002-2003 and 2009-2010, I served as an archival assistant at the Brethren Historical Library and Archives in Elgin, Illinois. I serve on the Brethren Journal Association Governing Board and the Brethren Historical Committee. I am also a Licensed Minister in the Northern Ohio District. I currently live in Louisiana with my husband, Calvin.


  • The University of Iowa, Religious Studies, Ph.D., 2003-2009
  • Candler School of Theology, Emory University, M.T.S., 2000-2002
  • Ashland University, B.A., 1996-2000

Recent Honors:

  • Insitut für Europäische Geschichte, Stipend Recipient, Mainz, Germany, 2008-2009
  • T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship, The University of Iowa, 2008
  • Seashore Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Iowa, 2008-2009
  • Rex Montgomery Dissertation Fellowship, Dept. of Religious Studies, The University of Iowa, 2007
  • Louis Pennigroth Teaching Award, Dept. of Religious Studies, The University of Iowa, 2006
  • Summer Language Scholarship, The University of Iowa, 2005
  • Summer Language Scholarship, The University of Iowa, 2004
  • Marguerite Blough Essay Award, Dept. of Religious Studies, The University of Iowa, 2004

Courses Recently Taught:

  • History of the Church of the Brethren                    
  • Brethren Beliefs and Practices        
  • Liturgy and Devotion in Christian Tradition   (The University of Iowa)

Recent Publications:

  • Dissertation:  Pietism and Patriarchy:  Spener and Women in Seventeenth-Century German Pietism
  • “Dan West:  Pied Piper of Peace,”  A Dunker Guide to Brethren History,  Elgin, IL:  Brethren Press, 2010, 94-98.
  • Old Testament Festivals and Brethren Rituals,” The Witness of the Hebrew Bible for a New     Testament Church, ed. Christina Bucher, et al., 289-308.  Elgin, IL:  Brethren Press, 2010.
  • “‘Greet One Another with a Holy Kiss’:  The Evolution of the Holy Kiss in the Church of the Brethren,” in Lines, Places, and Heritage:  Essays Commemorating the 300th Anniversary of the Church of the Brethren, ed. Jeff Bach and Steve Longenecker, 197-212.  Bridgewater, VA:  Penobscot Press, 2008.

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For a complete listing of accomplishments: Curriculum Vitae

Jeff Foster
(Certificate of Achievement in Theological Studies)

JeffFor nine years I felt the leading of God to ministry. I began my academic journey thinking that I had God all figured out. This journey began at Moody Bible Institute for several semesters, where I gleaned perspective on missions and evangelism. Because of a full-time missionary role, I suspended Moody classes to concentrate on raising support. During that time God began to speak to me about the overall disunity in our Christian church. I came to the conclusion that unity within the body of Christ is the best way to reach lost souls with greater depth. I started exploring the Anabaptist teaching and specifically the way the Church of the Brethren strives toward this vision of unity and reconciliation.