Protestants at 500

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, he sparked a revolution called the Reformation.  Meanwhile, dissenters in other parts of the continent and the British Isles were also beginning to separate from the Mother Church.  Over these five sessions, listen to scholars and theologians as they look back and celebrate the 500th birthday of the Protestant Reformation. 

Candace L. Kohli holds a Ph.D in the Religious Studies from Northwestern University. Her research examines constructs of human subjectivity and moral agency in theology, theological ethics, and political theology. Her dissertation, titled “Help for the Good: Human Agency and the Indwelling Spirit in Martin Luther’s Antinomian Disputations (1537-40),” examines how the sixteenth-century reformer Martin Luther understood human persons as moral and political actors in relation to God. Candace has forthcoming publications on Luther’s pneumatology, theological anthropology, and on political theology in the Protestant Reformation more broadly. She was a visiting scholar at Aarhus University in Denmark in 2014 and a Fulbright Scholar at Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen, Germany in 2014-15.

Jason Parkin has been the Rector at Holy Comforter Church across the street since 2011.  He holds degrees from Roosevelt University, Nashotah House Theological Seminary, and Seabury Western.  He has served parishes in Hinsdale, Iowa City, San Francisco, and once before at Holy Comforter, where he was previously Associate Rector from 1987 to 1991.  Jason is an accomplished singer and sounds a little like God.  He and his wife Jan have three children.



William A. (Bill) Evertsberg has been the Senior Minister at the Kenilworth Union Church since 2014. He was educated at Calvin College (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. & D. Min.), and ordained to the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1985. Previously, Bill has served as Associate Pastor of the Abington Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia (1985-1990); as Head of Staff at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids (1990-1997); and as Head of Staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, CT (1997-2013).


Susan Klotzbach received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music in Organ Performance from the Eastman School in Rochester, NY. Prior to that she received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa. She has worked as a tenured music faculty member teaching applied organ, harpsichord and church music courses at Houghton College and Carthage College. She has served as organist in several churches and is now delighted to be a part of the music ministry at Kenilworth Union Church!