Prof. Dr. H.J. Selderhuis

Prof. Dr. H.J. Selderhuis

Professor of Church History and Church Law

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Short cv

Herman Johan Selderhuis was born in Enschede on 21 May 1961. In that city he went to the Ichthuscollege, where he obtained the diploma Atheneum-A in 1979. After a two-year preparatory course in classical languages, he studied theology at the Theological University of Apeldoorn from 1981, where he passed the candidate exam. At the beginning of 1988, also in Apeldoorn, he took the doctoral exam (old style) in Church History. From 1987 to 1992 he was pastor of the Christian Reformed Church of Hengelo. From 1992 to 1997 he was associated with the Christian Reformed Church of Zwolle. He received his doctorate on 21 January 1994 and was inaugurated on 23 January 1997.


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Professional publicaties


  • Director, Refo500
  • President, European Academy of Religion (EuARe)
  • Chairman, council of members insurance company Donatus
  • Senior researcher, Dutch Research School for Theology and Religion (NOSTER)
  • Referee, FWO-Brussels
  • Editor-in-chief, book series: Reformed Historical Theology (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht)
  • Editor-in-chief, book series: Refo500 Academic Studies (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht)
  • Editor-in-chief, book series: Law & Religion (Brill/Schöningh)
  • Editor-in-chief, book series: Kunst und Konfession (Schnell+Steiner)
  • Editor-in-chief, Journal of Early Modern Christianity (De Gruyter)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Greenwich School of Theology
  • Member of the editorial board, Reformation and Renaissance Review
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Zeitschrift der Savignystiftung für Rechtsgeschichte
  • Member, Renaissance Society of America
  • Member of the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat (Scientific Committee) Melanchthon Akademie Bretten
  • Member, Advisory Board, Theological Faculty of the University of Lund
  • Member, Executive Board, ReIReS
  • Member, Executive Board, RESILIENCE
  • Editor, Studies in Puritanism & Piety
  • Member of the Board of Curators of the Martin Luther Foundation Erfurt
  • Member of the Evaluationskommission Stiftung Leucorea Wittenberg
  • Member of the Evaluationskommission Theologische Fakulät Jena
  • President, Reformation Research Consortium (RefoRC)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Davenant Trust
  • ​Chairman of the Luther Heritage Foundation
  • Boardmember Dutch Reformed Translation Society