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ERF’s main activities are the Annual Meetings, which are organised by an international continuation committee. Members are elected for a two year period at the end of the annual meetings.


Marius van Hoogstraten

Marius van Hoogstraten (1985, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) is a PhD student at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In his research, he is investigating what happens to post-metaphysical philosophy of religion (focusing on John D. Caputo and Richard Kearney) when it comes into contact with themes and discussions in Theology of Religions/Interreligious Studies. In addition to his scientific activities, Marius works part-time for the Berlin Mennonite Peace Center and was until recently intensively involved in organizing for Mennonite World Conference. He lives in Berlin, Germany, with his wife Hannah.


Heidi Zitting

Heidi Zitting  is currently a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki (Finland). Her main theological subject is systematic and ecumenical theology and her dissertation focuses on Lutheran understandings of episcopé, especially in the Lutheran World Federation and in Evangelical–Lutheran Church of Finland. Heidi is also a member of Finnish Lutheran–Pentecostal ecumenical dialogue. Her main interests are in the ecumenical movement and in the theology of ministry. While completing her masters in the Faculty of Theology Heidi studied also in the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences and thus has a profession of an elementary school teacher. In 2010 she was ordained as minister of the Lutheran church.


Claudia Rimestad

Claudia Rimestad (born 1984 in Jena, Germany) studied Roman Catholic Theology at the University of Erfurt and in Lille, France. While living in France, she organised  evenings of prayer for the religious community of Villneuve d'Ascq, near Lille, together with other, international students. After her diploma in Catholic Theology in 2009, she began to study religious studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Erfurt. Her research interests are Late Antiquity, Patristics and Ecumenism. She plans a dissertation on the intersection of Ancient Church History and Liturgics about ancient church texts in the liturgical life of today. She is married and has two children.


Stanislau Paulau

Stanislau Paulau (born 1989 in Belarus) is working at the Institute of Ecumenical Theology and Oriental Church and Mission History at the University of Göttingen and writing his PhD dissertation on the topic: “Constructions of Otherness in the Encounter between the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and the German Hermannsburg Mission (1927–1959)”. Being a member of the Orthodox Church, Stanislau has first obtained a degree in Orthodox Theology and Religious Studies at the Belarusian State University (Minsk, Belarus) and thereupon completed M.A. “Intercultural Theology” at the University of Göttingen (Germany). Furthermore he had a chance to get a deeper insight in Protestant and Oriental Orthodox Theology while studying at the Humboldt University of Berlin and at the Holy Trinity College in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia). In 2013 Stanislau was a member of the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) which took place in Seoul and Busan (South) alongside with World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly.


Former members of the Continuation Committee:


Dr. Joel Driedger

Dr. Joel Driedger (born 1983) is pastor of Berlin Mennonite Church. After having completed a volunteer service in Brasil he studied protestant theology at Tubingen, Marburg and Strasbourg and worked at the Institute of Peace Church Theology at Hamburg University. His main interests are in theological epistemology, political theology and peace ethics writing his doctorate on American theologian John Howard Yoder (1927-1997). His dissertation was published as "Der gewaltfreie Messias: Einführung in Theologie und Ethik von John H. Yoder.



Dr. Michaela Kusnierikova

Dr. Michaela Kusnierikova studied theology at the Evangelical Divinity School in Bratislava, Slovakia and later in a graduate program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, USA focusing on systematic and ecumenical theology. After several years in the priestly ministry of the Lutheran church in Slovakia, she continued her studies in the doctoral program in ecumenical theology at the Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague. In her dissertation “The Church as a Non-familial Solidary Political Community” she attempted to facilitate a conversation between three thinkers of the 20th century—Hannah Arendt, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Dumitru Staniloae—on the relatedness between Christian community and human acting. Currently she teaches at the Protestant Theological Faculty and at the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of Charles University in Prague. She is interested in a continuing study of human acting and in the political theology.

Claudia Hoffmann

Claudia Hoffmann (born 1977 in Samedan, Switzerland) studied at the Theology Faculty at the University of Zürich. During her studies, Claudia pursued various activities, such as teaching religious education, cycling, and ski instructing and spent six months in Indonesia. After her curacy in 2007, Claudia was ordained as a priest and spent three years in ministry at a church in Zürich. Since January 2012, she has been working as an assistant at the Theology Faculty in Basel, studying worldwide Christianity from the perspective of missiology and ecumenical theology. She is now writing a dissertation with the working title, 'Transkulturation in Mittelkalimantan. Am Beispiel ritueller Komplexe rund um die Beerdigung'. Claudia has one daughter, born in 2008.

Florian Tuder

Florian Tuder (born 1983) studied cath. Theology at the Catholic Theological Faculty in Graz, Austria. During his studies, he spent one year at the Orthodox Theology Faculty in Sibiu, Romania. Upon finishing his studies he was firstly employed as supervisor of the 'Graz Process' of the Catholic Theology Faculty of Graz University. This initiative aimed to make connections between all the theological faculties throughout Europe, regardless of denominational orientation. 2010-2013 he has been head of the General Secretariat of the foundation PRO ORIENTE in Vienna, which facilitates dialogue between Catholic and Orthodox Christians (including the Oriental Orthodox churches) and which offers a platform for inofficial dialogue between these churches.



Dr Irena Pavlović

Dr Irena Zeltner Pavlović (born 1977) studied at the theological faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the academy for icon painting in Belgrade. She completed her postgraduate studies and her PhD at the Friedrich Alexander-University in Erlangen-Nuremberg. During her dissertation, she organized seminars at the chair for history and theology of the Christian East and at the Institute for political science. Since 2012 she has been working at the Institute for Christian Media Studies. Her postdoctoral project is to research the strategy and developments of the media sponsored by the Christian-orthodox church in eastern- and southeastern Europe in the 21th century. Her research focus is amongst other things peace research, ecumenical theology and southeastern European contemporary history.


Dr Joshua T. Searle

Dr Joshua Searle (born 1985), a British Baptist, studied History (BA/MA) at Oxford University and Theology (MTh) at IBTS, Prague. In 2012 he was awarded a PhD from Trinity College Dublin for his thesis on the interpretation of apocalyptic language. He has lived for spells in the Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine and Russia, and has developed  contacts with Christian leaders in these and other countries. He has a wide range of academic interests, including baptistic and ecumenical theology, new monasticism, Germanic and Slavic languages, critical theory and English literature. He is currently working as Dean for Global Relations Donetsk Christian University. His book, Beyond the End: The Future of Millennial Studies (co-edited with Professor K.C.G. Newport), was recently published by Sheffield Phoenix/Academic Press. Soli Deo gloria.

gaspar_karolyKároly Gáspár

Károly Gáspár belongs to the Hungarian minority in Romania. He studied theology in Kolozsvár/Cluj and Leipzig (2000-2006). After two years of assistant pastorship in the city of Des, Romania (2006-2008), he was ordained as a Reformed-Protestant pastor in the Transylvanian Reformed Church district in Romania (2009). Since the end of 2009 he has been working on his doctoral thesis in practical theology at the University of Leipzig under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Peter Zimmerling. The theme is: Pastoral care for children of divorce in Eastern Germany and Romania.


iordache_mihaiDr Mihai Iordache

Dr Mihai Iordache studied Orthodox theology in Bucharest. He was recently awarded his PhD from the UNESCO Chair of Bucharest University. The theme of his thesis was: “The conception of freedom at Emil Brunner, Karl Barth and Rudolf Bultmann. An Orthodox evaluation”. Furthermore he studied at the Faculty of Theology at the University of  Basel (CH) from 2004-2006. He was ordained as deacon in 2001 and as priest in 2007. He served as ecumenical counselor and personal secretary of two patriarchs of the Romanian Orthodox Church, i.e. H.B. Teoctist and H.B. Daniel. Now he leads the Olari Church in Bucharest as well as the Cultural and Social Centre ADORNO for children, youth and poor people.





Albers, Christian

Christian Albers studied Protestant theology in Mainz, Göttingen and Glasgow.Since 2008 he serves as pastor in a part time position in Hachenburg (Germany). In his dissertation, which is supervised by Prof. Hans Richard Reuter (Münster), he examines the change in the understanding of human rights in the World Council of Churches (WCC) in the 1960s and 1970s. Christian Albers is associated member of the DFG resarch project "On the way towards a globalised christianity. The European oikumene and the "discovery" of the "Third World".






Arenas, Sandra

Sandra Arenas was born in Santiago de Chile. She studied Catholic theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Currently she is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). The title of her dissertation is: “The Doctrine of 'elementa ecclesiae': before, during and after Vatican II and its implications on the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the Reformed Communities”.






Siaquiyah Davis

Siaquiyah Davis was born in Liberia. He studied Protestant theology at the Gbarnga School of Theology (United Methodist University),Liberia. In 2002 he was ordained as Pastor of the Lutheran Church in Liberia. He did graduate studies in Ecumenism at the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Bossey (Switzerland). In 2008 he acquired a Master of Arts in Applied Theological Studies at the University of Birmingham (England).







Mühl, Christoph

Christoph Mühl studied Catholic theology in Münster (Germany). Since 2009 he is a research assistant in a project on “Justification and divine justice in ecumenical dialogues involving the participation of the Russian Orthodox Church” at the Ecumenical Institute of the Catholic Faculty in Münster.


de Witte, Pieter


Hietamäki. Minna

Asmus, Sören

Bengard, Beate

Paschen, Simon

Schardien, Stefanie

Schönemann, Friederike

von Twardowski, Stephan

Wassermann, Matthäus