Asbury Theological Seminary and Asbury University join together for a series of events to celebrate the meaning and impact of the Protestant Reformation on its 500th anniversary through teaching, worship and music, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Events are free and open to the public.

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. His actions are recognized as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, and Christians worldwide gather to celebrate this legacy.

“We are delighted to host this event along with Asbury University,” Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, said. “We hope to honor the Reformers’ original vision. In spite of our differences, we have significant doctrinal consensus that unites us as ‘mere Protestants.’”

All events are held at Asbury University or Asbury Seminary’s Kentucky Campus.


  • 11 a.m. Estes Chapel, Asbury Seminary, Luther: The First Modern Man? – Dr. J. Steven O’Malley with performance by the Asbury University Chorale.
  • “Talkback Lunch” following immediately afterwards in Cordelia Dining Room, Sherman Thomas Student Center, Asbury Seminary featuring Pastor Ron Luckey, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
  • 7 p.m. McKenna Chapel, Asbury Seminary (doors open at 7:00, event begins at 7:30), Resounding the Reformation Concert – joint performance of Asbury University Orchestra and Chorale with congregational singing. Bach’s Reformation Cantata, Ein Feste Burg, BWV 80. Professor Nathan Miller, Director. Reception immediately following.


  • 10 a.m., Hughes Auditorium, Asbury University, Martin Luther and the 95 Theses: 500 Years of Evangelical Legacy – Professor Martin Dotterweich, King University.
  • 11 a.m., Estes Chapel, Asbury Seminary, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism: What’s Still at Stake 500 Years After the Reformation – Dr. Kenneth Collins.
  • 12 p.m., Dougherty Dining Room, Asbury University,“Talkback Lunch” with Professor Martin Dotterweich, King University.
  • 12 p.m., Cordelia Dining Room, Asbury Seminary, “Talkback Lunch” with Dr. Kenneth Collins, Asbury Theological Seminary.
  • 4 p.m., Kinlaw Library Boardroom, Asbury University, Lecture/discussion – The 95 Theses and the Bible: Sola Scriptura and Protestant Interpretation of Scripture – Professor Martin Dotterweich, King University.
  • 4 p.m., Biblical Studies Seminar, Asbury Seminary McKenna Chapel, The Bible and the Reformation – Dr. Ben Witherington III. Discussion following immediately afterward.


  • 11 a.m., Estes Chapel, Asbury Seminary, Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, President, Asbury Seminary.
  • “Talkback Lunch” with Dr. Timothy C. Tennent and Dr. Ken Collins immediately afterwards in Cordelia Dining Room, Sherman Thomas Student Center.