The Reverend T. L. Holtzen, PhD


Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology
Nashotah House Theological Seminary

PhD, Marquette University, Systematic Theology
MA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Theology
BA, University Studies, Theology


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.

The Right Reverend C. FitzSimon Allison


Retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina
PhD, Oxford University, Philosophy
BA, University of the South, Divinity Degree

Bp. Allison was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended the University of the South and, after having his studies briefly interrupted by service in the United States Army during World War II, he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1949. He then studied at Virginia Theological Seminary, from which he graduated with a bachelor of divinity degree in 1952. He was ordained a deacon in June 1952 and a priest in May 1953. Bp. Allison later studied at Oxford University and received a doctor of philosophy degree in 1956. He then taught church history at the School of Theology at the University of the South and at Virginia Theological Seminary.
He served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in New York City before being elected as the twelfth Episcopal Bishop of South Carolina. He was elected to serve as bishop co-adjutor of the Diocese of South Carolina in 1978, then was consecrated to the episcopate in 1980. Allison retired in 1990 but has continued preaching speaking, and writing since his retirement.

Bp. Allison is a beloved author, bishop, mentor, pastor, and theologian. He is commonly known as Fitz by those who admire and love him. His theology is rooted in a true and clear understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and he is admired for his work in the protestant understanding of the relationship between Law and Gospel.

Some Notable Quotes:

“Justification by faith is as rarely understood by moralists within the church as by secularists outside the church. However, of the two groups the latter are far more knowledgeable and sophisticated about the sinister effects of a religion of law. The Reformation insight that one’s identity (justification) must proceed and become the foundation of wholeness (sanctification) is precisely paralleled by the wisdom of clinical experience of the priority of ego over superego, or the necessity of the self to be nurtured in order to enable a healthy acceptance of responsibility.”

“A sergeant told a grim joke to his trainees during the Second World War, which shows the real flaw in the Pharisaic understanding of Christianity. a man stopped on a dirt road to help get another man’s car our of the ditch. The latter was beginning to harness two small furry kittens to the bumper of this huge car when he was asked, ‘Mister, you aren’t going to try to get those kittens to pull that car out of the ditch, are you?’ His reply was, ‘Why not? I’ve got a whip.’ The lash of the Law is used in similar spiritual situations. Without the principle of forgiveness our conscience acquires a quality of cruelty that makes the Gospel of Christ anything but the Good News.”

The Reverend Ephraim Radner, PhD


Professor of Historical Theology
Wycliffe College

PhD, Yale University
AB, Dartmouth College, Theology

Prior to his appointment as Professor of Historical Theology, Rev. Dr. Radner, was rector of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Pueblo, Colorado, His range of ministerial experience includes Burundi, where he worked as a missionary, Haiti, inner-city Cleveland, and Connecticut. He has taught at seminaries in Connecticut and Colorado. In the Anglican Communion context he is a member of the Covenant Design Group. He is a violinist, hiker, and traveler. He is married to the Rev. Annette Brownlee, and they are the parents of Hannah, and Isaac.


Major Publications

Reclaiming faith: essays on orthodoxy in the Episcopal Church and the Baltimore declaration (1993).

Inhabiting unity: theological perspectives on the proposed Lutheran-Episcopal Concordat (1995)

The rule of faith : Scripture, canon, and creed in a critical age(1998)
Spirit and nature: the Saint-Médard miracles in 18th-century Jansenism (2002)

Hope among the fragments: the broken church and its engagement of Scripture (2004)

The fate of Communion: the agony of Anglicanism and the future of a global church (2006)

Leviticus (2007)

Dr. David C. Steinmetz


Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of the History of Christianity, Duke Divinity School
Th.D, Harvard University
Research, University of Gottingen
BD, Drew University
BA, Wheaton College

Professor Steinmetz is a specialist in the history of Christianity in late medieval and early modern Europe. In recent years he has concentrated on the history of biblical scholarship and learning in Europe from 1350 to 1600.

Before coming to Duke in 1971, he taught at Lancaster Theological Seminary of the United Church of Christ. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Notre Dame universities as well as the Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Professor at Emory University. Additionally he served as a Guggenheim Fellow at Cambridge University and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Duke August Library in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.

He is the general editor since its founding of the series, Oxford Studies in Historical Theology, and is currently writing a book for Oxford entitled, The Catholic Calvin. He is a United Methodist minister and a former president of the American Society of Church History, which awarded him its Distinguished Career Award in 2010. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Reverend Daniel A. Westberg, DPhil



Research Professor of Ethics and Moral Theology
Nashotah House Theological Seminary

DPhil, Oxford University, Moral Theology
MDiv, Wycliffe College, Toronto
MA, University of Toronto, Medieval Studies
AB, Dartmouth College, Classics

Fr. Westberg grew up in Japan where his parents were missionaries with the Evangelical Covenant Church. While in graduate school in Toronto he became an Anglican, and experienced a call to ordained ministry. After seminary training and ordination in 1978 he served in the Diocese of Toronto for ten years, in both rural and city parishes.

After the death of his first wife, Lynne, Westberg remarried and moved the family temporarily to Oxford, England, where he studied with Oliver O’Donovan and Herbert McCabe, OP, and wrote a dissertation on Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of prudence.

From 1990 to 1998 Westberg taught ethics at the University of Virginia; then he spent an interim year teaching theology at a seminary in Canada. Since his appointment in 2000, Fr Westberg has been teaching ethics and moral theology at Nashotah House.

His books include Right Practical Reason: Action, Aristotle and Prudence in Aquinas (OUP, 1994), and a collaboration with the late Reginald Fuller resulted in the 3d edition of Preaching the Lectionary (2006). Many articles have been published in journals such as The Anglican Theological ReviewThe Thomist, and New Blackfriars, as well as several short articles in The New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology (InterVarsity Press).


Westberg’s areas of special interest are moral psychology, natural law, and political theology. Current projects include To Delight in His Will and Walk in His Ways, a new introduction to moral theology for college and seminary classes; a theological study of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion; and the development of a book on the ethics of health care.


Fr. Westberg divides his time between Wisconsin and Sweden, where his wife Lisa is a hospital physician in the province of Småland. They share an interest in people, classical music, and outdoor activities such as bicycling and sailing. They have four adult children in Canada and the US, and (so far) have one grandchild.


Part 1: Audio

Ashley Null (PhD, Cambridge) is a leading authority on Thomas Cranmer and the author of dozens of scholarly articles and the influential study of Cranmer, Thomas Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance: Renewing the Power to Love (Oxford, 2000).  Null presented two papers; “Justification in Henrician England” and “Justification in Edwardian England”.  They will available soon.


Torrance Kirby (DPhil, Oxford), is the author and editor of several recent scholarly monographs, including several on Richard Hooker: A Companion to Richard Hooker (with Archbishop Rowan Williams; Brill, 2008); Richard Hooker and the English Reformation (editor; Kluwer, 2003); Richard Hooker’s Doctrine of the Royal Supremacy (Brill, 1997);  Richard Hooker, Reformer and Platonist (Ashgate, 2005).  Here is paper below:











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The Reverend Steven A. Peay, PhD


Associate Professor of Church History
Nashotah House Theological Seminary

Phd, Saint Louis University, Historical Theology
MDiv, Saint Vincent Seminary
MA, University of Pittsburgh, Rhetoric and Communication
MA, St Vincent Seminary, Systematic Theology
BA, Greenville College, Church History

History and historical perspectives have long fascinated Father Peay. His undergraduate study of Church History led him toward monastic life, which he entered at Saint Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, PA) in 1977. Following his first profession of vows he studied for the priesthood and after final vows was ordained deacon in 1981 and priest in 1982. The studies he began in college and pursued in seminary continued following ordination. He returned to Saint Vincent to teach as Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Historical Theology. During his tenure at the seminary he was also engaged in parish work (including one year as a pastor), retreats for clergy, religious and laity, and served as the seminary’s academic dean for five years. Leaving monastic life in 1994, he then devoted himself to parish work for the next fifteen years in Congregational churches in Wisconsin (Madison and Wauwatosa), while continuing to research, write and teach in various venues. Peay came to Nashotah House as adjunct professor of Church History in 2008 and was elected to the faculty in 2010. His orders were received in August 2010 and he is now a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany.

Father Peay’s research has largely focused on the American religious experience, its movements and ecclesial expressions. While his earlier research centered on the history of preaching, Peay has also worked on Puritanism and Congregationalism and is currently examining parallel movements for the recovery of the catholicity of the Church, i.e. Mercersburg and Oxford. His publications include editing four books, articles and reviews in  The International Congregational Journal, The Catholic Historical ReviewThe Congregationalist, a reference article in The Encyclopedia of Protestantism and theological commentaries on the Triduum Psalmody in Feasting on the Word (year A).

His hobbies include reading, cooking, trying to help around the garden, and music (particularly early to Baroque, English choral music, and jazz).   Father Peay was married to his wife Julie in 1996 and is the proud stepfather of Jeremy and Matthew.