Thomas L. Holtzen, PhD

Job Title: 

Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology


(262) 646-6524



PhD, Systematic Theology, Marquette University 2002 MA, Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 1996 BA, University of Nebraska—Lincoln 1992


Father Holtzen has a passion for teaching classical theology as practical learning for life and ministry. At Nashotah House, he teaches both Systematic and Historical Theology and elective courses on Christian doctrine such as “The Trinity” and “Anglican Eucharistic Theology.” He has published articles in The Journal of Theological Studies, the Oxford Guide to the Historical reception of Augustine (forthcoming), Newman Studies Journal, Augustinian Studies, and The Living Church; and has been a guest speaker for conferences and various church congregations.

Since his ordination in 2003, Father Holtzen has served as priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ashippun, Wisconsin, one many area churches founded as missions by Nashotah House over 150 years ago. There he celebrates the Eucharist, preaches, teaches adult education, provides pastoral care, and oversees the functioning of the parish. At the bishop’s invitation, he served on the Diocese of Milwaukee’s Dialogue Task Force on Human Sexuality in 2003–04 and authored the “Classic Response.” Father Holtzen’s professional interests include Christian doctrine, especially the Trinity, Incarnation, soteriology, sacramental theology, and the theology of St. Augustine and John Henry Newman.

He and his wife Candace have four children. Some of Father Holtzen’s personal interests are farming, fishing, camping, wood-working, writing poetry, and serving as a leader in Boy Scouts.





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