Ken Rogers retires from faculty of Bethany Theological Seminary

From a Bethany release

Professor of Historical Studies H. Kendall Rogers has retired from teaching after more than four decades, completing his final courses during the spring semester at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind.

Rogers taught at Manchester College (now Manchester University) in N. Manchester, Ind., for 30 years, then joined the Bethany faculty in 2008. While at Manchester, he also was for two years the resident director for Brethren Colleges Abroad in Marburg, Germany, and was resident director in China for the program’s pioneer semester there in 1986.

Rogers graduated from Manchester with a bachelor’s degree in 1972. He completed post-graduate study at Oxford University (BA 1974 and MA 2002) and Harvard University (MA 1975 and PhD 1984). He also studied at Philips University Marburg in 1970-1971 and 1999-2001. His academic honors include an International Research Exchange (1979), a Fulbright German Studies Seminar (1993), and a Lilly Faculty Open Fellowship (1993-1994). He has been ordained in the Church of the Brethren to the ministry of teaching since 1984.

In his role as professor of Historical Studies at Bethany, Rogers has offered the primary core history courses for Bethany’s curricula. These courses in the history of Christianity shape the way students come to appreciate the origins, growth, complexities, and varied contexts for Christianity and its multiple relationships to culture and ever-changing historical contexts over the centuries.

Rogers also offered advanced courses that focused on the origins of and the century that led up to the rise of the Brethren movement in Germany. His courses on Radical Pietism and on Christianity and Crises: 1590-1720 probed the contexts for understanding Brethren origins, especially in relationship to other Pietist and Anabaptist thinkers and writers during this era. During his time at Bethany, he also led a popular travel seminar to Germany four times, which focused on Brethren origins, but also on the contemporary setting of the national church and opportunities for ecumenical dialogue.


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