Calvin Lane, PhD

Job Title: 

Affiliate Professor of Church History



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)


The Rev. Dr. Calvin Lane is Affiliate Professor of Church History at Nashotah House where he delights in teaching the full range of church history, directing theses, and being a part of the wider Nashotah community.  Concerned with the intersection of practice and belief, his teaching always returns to the way the church’s life, devotion, and thought are dynamically related. 

Dr. Lane has held research fellowships in the U.S. and the U.K., including grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church.  In 2013, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London.  He is active in the Sixteenth Century Society Conference and the American Society of Church History Conference. In addition to his academic writing, Dr. Lane writes for The Living Church magazine and its weblog Covenant.  Dr. Lane also serves as a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains for the Episcopal Church (elected in 2018). 

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 where he was ordained priest in 2011.  

Dr Lane is happily married to Dr. Denise Kettering-Lane, Associate Professor at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana (just next door to Dayton on the campus of Earlham College).  They have two children, Daniel and Elizabeth.


The Laudians and the Elizabethan Church: History, Conformity, and Religious Identity in Post-Reformation England (London: Routledge, 2013) examined the legitimating power of history and primitivism in post-reformation England and the reshaping of what it meant to be a faithful member of the Church of England. 

Spirituality and Reform: Christianity in the West, c1000-c18000 (Lanham, MD: Lexington / Fortress, 2018) is a broad, colorful introductory study of the relationship between reform movements and Christian spirituality from the Gregorian Reform in the high middle ages to the Pietists of the eighteenth century. 

Articles in Scholarly Journals:

•  “John Milton’s Elegy for Lancelot Andrewes (1626) and the Dynamic Nature of Religious Identity in Early Stuart England,” Anglican & Episcopal History 85 (2016), pp. 468-491
•  “The Evolution of Early Stuart Conformist Thought: The Liturgical Theology of John Donne,
Reformation and Renaissance Review 7.2 / 7.3 (2005), 223-248.
•  “Before Hooker: The Material Context of Elizabethan Prayer Book Worship,” Anglican and Episcopal History 74 (2005), 320-356.





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