Tim Schmeling

Tim Schmeling

Assistant Professor - Religious Studies
Assistant Professor - History


Ph.D., Historical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 2014.

Dissertation: "Slaying the Syncretistic Chimera: A Study of the Consensus Repetitus in Light of Confessionalization Theory." PhD diss., Concordia Seminary, 2014.

M.Div., Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato, MN, 2004.

Thesis: "Life in Christ: A Study of the Unio Mystica and its Relation to Theosis." M.Div. Thesis, Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, 2004.

B.A., Pre-Seminary Studies, High Distinction, Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN, 1999.

A.A., Liberal Arts, High Honors, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, 1997.

Other Academic Work

Lutherisches Theologisches Seminar, Leipzig, Germany.

Parish Ministry

Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Sebastian, FL, 2008–2013.

Vicar, Apostles Lutheran Church, Ukiah, CA, 2003–2004.


Assistant Theology/History Professor, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, 2013–.


Bjarne Wollan Teigen Reformation Lectures Committee, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, 2014–.

Curriculum Committee, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, 2014–.

Religious Studies Department Secretary, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, 2013–.

Selected Publications

"Lutherische Theologie im Kampf: Eine Untersuchung zum Synkretismus-Streit im 17. Jh. und zur Frage des konfessionellen ‘Burgfriedens.’" Lutherisches Theologisches Seminar’s Seminartag, Leipzig, Germany, September 28, 2013.

"The Formula of Concord in Light of the Overwhelming Arminianism of American Christianity." Lutheran Synod Quarterly 52 (2012): 301–334.

"The Most Holy Mystery of the Trinity: Its Relevance for Spiritual Formation and the Faith-Life." Lutheran Synod Quarterly 49 (2009): 132–168.

"Das öffentliche Lehramt und seine verschiedenen Grade." Theologische Handreichung und Information für Lehre und Praxis der lutherischen Kirche 23 (2005): 9–11.

"Strenuus Christi Athleta Abraham Calov (1612–1686): Sainted Doctor and Defender of the Church." Lutheran Synod Quarterly 44 (2004): 357–399.

Academic Interests

Biblical Studies

Patristic and Scholastic Theology

Christianity and Culture

Philosophy, Historiography, and Hermeneutics

Research Interests

Medieval and Early Modern History

European Lutheranism (Especially Martin Luther and Lutheran Orthodoxy)

Confessionalization (Especially Biblical Interpretation, Doctrine, Confession, Cultus, Piety, Ecclesial Polity, and Ecclesial Law in the Lutheran Territorial Churches)


American Society of Church History

Sixteenth Century Society & Conference

Society for Reformation Research

Luther-Gesellschaft e.V.

Evangelical Lutheran Synod Historical Society