Calvin Lane, PhD

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Affiliate Professor of Church History

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PhD University of Iowa (2010); Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2013); MTS Nashotah House Theological Seminary (2011); BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002)


Father Lane loves introducing people to the history of Christianity in all its rich diversity and complexity. Concerned with the intersection of practice and belief, Father Lane’s teaching always returns to the way the church’s life, devotion, and thought are dynamically related. His goal is to provide students with a broad, colorful, yet substantial foundation so that they will carefully appreciate a past which continually informs the present.

While he delights in teaching the full range of church history from late antiquity to post-modernity, his research focuses on the middle ages and the reformation. Father Lane’s book, The Laudians and the Elizabethan Church (Pickering & Chatto, 2013) examines the way English Christians of the seventeenth century told the story of the reformation and how their perception of the past shaped religious identity, church conformity, and what we now call Anglicanism. His current project is an introductory text on the history of spirituality and reform movements from roughly 1000 to roughly 1800.  He has articles in Reformation and Renaissance Review and Anglican and Episcopal History as well as a dozen book reviews in various journals including Church History and the Sixteenth Century Journal. Father Lane has held fellowships to perform research in the US and the UK (including a grant from the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church) and he is actively involved with the Sixteenth Century Society and the American Society of Church History.

While Father Lane serves as Affiliate Professor at Nashotah House – regularly teaching during summer and winter terms and in the Distance Learning Program – he currently serves as Associate Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio.  Previously he was priest-in-charge of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Louisiana. Father Lane is happily married to Dr. Denise Kettering-Lane, Assistant Professor at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana (just next door to Dayton).  They have two children, Daniel and Elizabeth.





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