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John F. Hoffmeyer

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology


Ph.D. in Philosophy - Boston College (1991)
Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (1991)
Additional studies at Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen (1982-84) and Institut Supérieur Libre de Théologie et de Philosophie Religieuse, Paris (1986)
B.A. in Philosphy - Haverford College (1980)

The Rev. Dr. John F. Hoffmeyer’s work centers in the doctrine of the Trinity and its ongoing challenge to theology: (1) to be centered in the profoundly not self-centered person of Jesus Christ; (2) to call attention to the open-ended plurality of ways in which the risen Christ is present by the power of the Spirit; (3) to marvel at the mystery of a God who always transcends our theologies.

Dr. Hoffmeyer has published particularly on G.W.F. Hegel, Friedrich Schleiermacher, the Trinity, Christology, Christian life in a consumer society, and Christian response to torture. He is also the English translator of five books and numerous articles of contemporary German theology.

Dr. Hoffmeyer is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served a congregation in Northern California before coming to the seminary. He welcomes the opportunity to teach in church and community settings, especially on the following topics:

  • Living as a Christian in a Consumer Society
  • Christians as Citizens
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The Trinity
  • The Church in El Salvador
  • The Church and Human Rights


“Theologian in Residence” on the topic “Christian Discipleship in a Consumer Society” at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Laconia, NH, January 31 - February 2, 2020

Invited participant in Ayni: Encuentro Luterano Interamericano, Bogotá, Colombia, February 5-9, 2020

 Part of a group of four Bishops from ELCA Region 8 and four Faculty from ULS that met April - June, 2020 to discuss"theological, liturgical, and practical issues raised by worship challenges—and opportunities—in the midst of COVID-19," resulting in a consensus document of both Affirmations and Questions

 Presenter for SW Pennsylvania Synod Ember Day Educational Event for Ministers on “Discerning the Body: Orienting Ministry When No One Knows the Right Answer,” September 17, 2020

Mailing Address

7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119