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Translators' Seminar


The Barth Translators’ Seminar exists to foster the English-language reception of Karl Barth’s literary corpus by providing support and guidance for qualified translators and through facilitating the publishing of as yet unavailable Barth resources for the church and academy. The Seminar emerged out of the Center for Barth Studies regular conferences in response to the concern both for continual improvement of the quality of Barth translations as well as the encouragement of new translations. In light of the universally recognized significance of Barth’s work as the premier Reformed theologian of the twentieth century, it is a matter of both urgency and stewardship that his work be made available in reliable translations for the theological work of both the church and the academy. The resources of the Barth Center have proven to be an invaluable resource for the work of the participating translators. In its annual sessions, the Seminar has developed standards for translation and provided expert guidance to active translators. Publication of the first volumes resulting from this work of the Seminar is now imminent.


David Chao

Program Manager

David Chao is a doctoral student in theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. His dissertation, supervised by Bruce McCormack, will examine the relation of nature and grace in Karl Barth’s doctrine of creation. His research interests include the doctrine of God, Christology, pneumatology, and creation with special reference to Thomas Aquinas, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Karl Barth. David received his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary where his thesis on the death of Christ in Rahner and Balthasar was supervised by George Hunsinger. He received his M.Div. from Regent College (Vancouver) and B.A. from Yale University. Since 2013, David has been working closely with Darrell Guder and Karlfried Fröhlich as Program Manager for the Barth Translators’ Seminar.


Matthew J. Aragon Bruce

Matthew is currently Assistant Professor of Religion at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. He holds a MDiv (2006) and PhD (2014) from Princeton Theological Seminary and a MTh (2007) from the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on modern and medieval theology, with particular interest in Karl Barth and Thomas Aquinas. His present major project is a monograph entitled: Theology without Voluntarism: Karl Barth and Thomas Aquinas on the Love and Freedom of the Triune God.


John Burgess

John P. Burgess (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1986) is the James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. His publications include The East German Church and the End of Communism, Why Scripture Matters, and Encounters with Orthodoxy, as well as numerous articles in professional journals and popular magazines. In 2004-05, Burgess spent a sabbatical year in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2011, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Moscow, Russia, and in 2012 continued his research in Russia as a Henry Luce III Foundation Theology Fellow. In 2014-15, he was a research fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey. He is currently working on a translation of essays by Wolf Krötke, a major contemporary German interpreter of Barth and Bonhoeffer.


Sven Ensminger

Sven is originally from Germany. A graduate of the University of St Andrews, he received his Masters from Yale Divinity School before returning to the UK for his doctoral studies. His doctoral thesis under the supervision of Gavin D’Costa, Karl Barth’s Theology as a Resource for a Christian Theology of Religions is published by T&T Clark/Bloomsbury. Sven is the author of numerous book reviews and articles. His current research focuses on the theological virtues


David Gilland

David Gilland is Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Leuphana University in Lüneburg Germany, a post which he has held since 2011. He completed his doctorate in divinity at the University of Aberdeen, UK, in 2010 under the supervision of John Webster. A revised version of David’s doctoral thesis was published by T&T Clark in 2013 as Law and Gospel in Emil Brunner’s Earlier Dialectical Theology, which traces Brunner’s earlier theological development and the build-up to his debate with Karl Barth on nature and grace in 1934. In 2014 David completed a translation of Markus Mühling’s Grundinformation Eschatologie, now available in English as The T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Eschatology. In addition to his work with the Barth Translator’s Seminar, David is also nearing the completion of a translation of the ‘Karl Barth–Emil Brunner Correspondence’ for T&T Clark. Beyond teaching and translation, David is currently researching and writing on the interrelation between Christian theology and human rationality, focusing in particular on interdisciplinary and ecumenical approaches to theological anthropology.


Matthias Gockel

Matthias Gockel, Ph.D., is a Post-Doc who currently teaches Systematic Theology at Friedrich-Schiller-Univerity Jena/Germany. He is interested in the Intellectual, Social, and Cultural History of Modern Theology (especially Protestant Theology), the Doctrine of God, and Political Ethics. He studied Theology, Philosophy and Musicology in Wuppertal, Tubingen, Princeton, and Munich and received his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2002. His dissertation was published under the title “Barth and Schleiermacher on the Doctrine of Election: A Systematic-Theological Comparison” (Oxford 2007). After his PhD he worked for six years in a mainline Protestant Church in Germany. He received fellowships from the German-American Fulbright Commission, Princeton Theological Seminary, the Luthergesellschaft, and Friedrich-Schiller-University.


Thomas Herwig

Thomas Herwig is an ordained minister of the Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland in Germany. He lives and works in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, having followed his wife Lou Ann Sellers in 2008 when she accepted the position as associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church. Thomas worked five years with Eberhard Busch as his first assistant in Göttingen. He then received his Ph.D. (Dr. theol) from the Protestant Faculty of the Ruhr University in Bochum with a dissertation on Barth’s involvement in the Ecumenical Movement based upon the correspondence between Barth and W.A.Visser’ t Hooft. He later edited this correspondence as Vol. 43 of the Gesamtausgabe. Before moving to the US, he served in the city of Duisburg as Campus Minster, Minister of Church & Arts and Co-Pastor of a 6,000-member church. Since 2008, Thomas teaches religious studies, history, ethics, and cultural identity as Assistant Professor for the Honors College of the University of Alabama. At the same time, Thomas also started a German-speaking ministry under the roof of First Presbyterian Church, called “First Pres Deutsch.” Within the translators’ seminar, Thomas will work on the second part of Barth’s Göttingen Dogmatics. He is proud father of three children: Johannes, Charlotte, and Madelyn.


David McLachlan

Full-time Professor for New Testament Studies and Early Christian History at AST since July 1983 with specialties in the Revelation to John, Paul, Early Church History; interests in Biblical Theology and Jewish-Christian dialogue. David was the Academic Dean at AST from 1998 to 2011. As a doctoral student under and research assistant to Dr. Markus Barth (1915-1994) at the University of Basel he assisted Dr. Barth with the preparation of his volumes on Ephesians and Colossians in the Anchor Bible commentary series as well as the volume on Philemon in the Critical Eerdmans Commentary series. He is a member of the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies and has written several shorter book reviews in Studies in Religion. He wrote articles for the student handbook, Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture from Sheffield Phoenix Press. With a deep interest in the use of the Bible in the church David was a member of the United Church of Canada General Council Committee for Theology and Faith and chaired the Committee from 1988 to 1992. He participated in the development and writing of the 1992 UCC General Council report, The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture. He also sat on the committee that prepared the Canadian resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014 materials. David is presently working on a collection of essays on the Revelation to John and a special study on the theology of Israel in the Revelation. He is also translating Markus Barth’s book Die Taufe: ein Sakrament? into English.


Paul T. Nimmo

Professor Paul T Nimmo has held the Chair in Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen since 2013, having previously held the Meldrum Senior Lectureship in Reformed Theology at the University of Edinburgh. His studies were undertaken at the University of Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, while his first academic appointment was as a post-doctoral Research Assistant and Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded a John Templeton Award for Theological Promise in 2009 for his monographBeing in Action: The Theological Shape of Barth¹s Ethical Vision, and has been since 2013 one of the Editors of the International Journal of Systematic Theology, which publication he also served as Managing Editor from 2006 to 2014. He has been a Fellow of the Center for Barth Studies in Princeton since 2009, and was elected to the AAR Reformed Theology and History Group Steering Committee in 2012 and as Treasurer of the Society of the Study of Theology in 2013. He is an ordained elder in the Church of Scotland, and participates in diverse ways in the life of the church, at both local and national levels.


Arnold Neufeldt-Fast

Arnold Neufeldt-Fast (b. 1964) is Associate Professor of Theology and Associate Academic Dean at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Ontario. He has a B.A. in German Language and Literature, and an M.A. in Philosophy (Continental) from Brock University. Neufeldt-Fast studied in Freiburg and Tübingen, and completed his Ph.D. in Toronto the theology of Eberhard Jüngel (1996). He is the translator of Jüngel’sTheological Essays II (T & T Clark), edited by his Doktorvater, John Webster. Neufeldt-Fast taught for six years in Liestal, Switzerland at the Mennonite Seminary Bienenberg before returning to Canada in 2006 to teach at Tyndale, a larger, trans-denominational evangelical seminary in Toronto. Neufeldt-Fast has been an ordained minister with Mennonite Church Canada since 1992. He is currently translating the second volume of Barth’s Göttingen Dogmatics.


Cambria Janae Kaltwasser

Cambria Janae Kaltwasser is a PhD candidate in systematic theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. In the fall of 2016, she will defend her dissertation, “Responding to Grace: The Covenantal Shape of Human Agency in the Theology of Karl Barth.” Her research examines the relationship between Barth’s covenantal theology and his account of human agency as responsibility before God. Cambria earned her MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary (2010) and her BA from John Brown University (2006). She spent the 2013-2014 academic year conducting research at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen as a Fulbright Scholar. Cambria is a candidate for teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Amy Marga

Amy Marga, PhD, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, St Paul. She is the author of Karl Barth’s Dialogue with Catholicism in Göttingen and Münster (2010), and has written several articles on Barth for volumes like The Westminster Handbook to Karl Barth, The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, and The Barth Handbuch. She is also the translator of Barth’s Word of God and Theology (2011). At the moment, her research interests are focused on a theological constructive view of mothering and parenthood including theologies of the child. She lives in St Paul, Minnesota with her husband and two young boys.


Clifford B. Anderson

Clifford B. Anderson is an Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning and Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He holds a M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. and Th.M. in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also earned a M.S. in L.I.S. from the Pratt Institute. Anderson is the co-author of two edited volumes (both with Bruce L. McCormack) on Karl Barth: Karl Barth and American Evangelicalism (Eerdmans, 2011) and Karl Barth and the Making of Evangelical Theology (Eerdmans, 2015). He is also the translator (with Dagmare Houniet) of Tjitze Kuiper’s Abraham Kuyper: An Annotated Bibliography, 1857–2010 (Brill, 2011).


Darrell Guder

Darrell Guder is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Winters Luce Emeritus Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, he has served in the German Lutheran Church doing outreach to youth and teaching in a training college for church workers; he directed the Institute of Youth Ministries of Young Life and Fuller Seminary; he served as vice-president of academic affairs and academic dean of Whitworth University; and he has taught as a missiologist at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Columbia Theological Seminary before joining Princeton’s faculty in 2002. His writing and teaching focus on the theology of the missional church, especially the theological implications of the paradigm shift to post-Christendom as the context for Christian mission in the West. One of his major research interests is reading Barth as a missional theologian. He has served as secretary-treasurer of the American Society of Missiology (ASM) and was its president from 2007–2008. His scholarly translations include Otto Weber, Foundations of Dogmatics (2 vols.); Eberhard Jüngel, God as the Mystery of the World; Karl Barth, The Theology of the Reformed Confessions (with Judith Guder and Eberhard Busch), The Great Passion: An Introduction to the Theology of Karl Barth (with Judith Guder). He also coordinates the annual Barth Translator’s Seminar every June immediately following the annual Karl Barth conference. In retirement he serves as Senior Fellow in Residence at St. Andrew’s Hall, Vancouver, working with its Centre for Missional Leadership. He chairs both the board of the Gospel and Our Culture Network and the Advisory Board of Macedonian Ministries.


Judith Guder

Judith Guder earned a Bachelor’s Degree in French at the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters Degree in German from the University of Louisville. Translation work includes: Karl, Barth, The Theology of the Reformed Confessions (with Darrell Guder and Eberhard Busch); Eberhard Busch, The Great Passion (with Darrell Guder); and various articles in The Calvin Handbook, ed. H. J. Selderhuis.

She is a retired organist and pianist by profession.


William Rader

William Rader studied with Karl Barth at the University of Basel in 1960-1961. He is a pastor in the United Church of Christ, and has a special concern for the relation of theology to the racial divide. William’s doctoral dissertation for the University of Basel, entitled The Church and Racial Hostility, was published in 1978. A new edition appeared in 2011. Rader has served two parishes in inner cities with majority African-American populations. He has taught part-time in the New Testament department of Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster PA. Translator of the book by Eberhard Busch, Der Freiheit zugetan: Christlicher Glaube heute im Gespräch mit dem Heidelberger Katechismus, he studied with the author under Karl Barth. He presently lives in Dauphin, Pennsylvania.