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Prof., ThD Rolf J. Pöhler

Director of the Institute of Adventist Studies
Head of "Master of Theological Studies" program

Prof., ThD Rolf J. Pöhler
Professor of Systematic Theology Director of the Institute of Adventist Studies
Head of "Master of Theological Studies" program

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-209
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-209


Born in 1949, Rolf J. Pöhler studied in Germany and the USA and received his doctorate in Systematic Theology from Andrews-University (Michigan) in 1995 with a thesis on “Changes in Adventist Theology”. Among others, he functioned as a pastor and church president. He has been teaching at Friedensau University since 1992 and was appointed Professor of Systematic Theology in 2009. He heads the Institute of Adventist Studies as well as the Master of Theological Studies. Pöhler is the author and editor of several books and numerous essays and gives various lectures.

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University entrance exam1968Abitur (Schadow-Oberschule, Berlin-Zehlendorf, Germany)
Study of Theology1968 – 1971Theological Seminary Marienhöhe (Darmstadt, Germany)     Diploma Grade: 1,2 (1,0 = highest score / 6,0 = lowest score)
1973 – 1975SDA Theological Seminary, Andrews University, Michigan (USA)
Master of Divinity, summa cum laude
Postgraduate Study1975 – 1979Doctoral Studies, Theological Seminary, Andrews Univ., MI (USA)
Doctorate1995Graduation at Andrews University as „Doctor of Theology” (Th.D.)
Dissertation Title: Change in Seventh-day Adventist Theology”
Theology Lecturersince 1992Lecturer of Systematic Theology at Friedensau Adventist University (subject areas: Dogmatics, Ethics, Hermeneutics and Apologetics); Guest lecturer at European Adventist Theological Seminaries in England, France, Italy, Czechia, Croatia and Bulgaria
Professorship2009Professor of Systematic Theology, Friedensau Adventist University
Institute Directorsince 2011Institute of Adventist Studies, Friedensau Adventist University
Programme Supervisorsince 2013Master of Theologial Studies, Friedensau Adventist University

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1971 – 1973Youth Pastor in Berlin (Germany)
1980 – 1987Church Pastor in Hanover and Göttingen (Germany)
1982Ordination to the Pastoral Ministry
1987 – 1992Departmental Director, West German Union Conference of SDAs
since 1992Lecturer at Friedensau Adventist University
2002 – 2004Präsident, Seventh-day Adventist Church (North German Union)
since 2004Theological Adviser, Seventh-day Adventists (North German Union)

Icon PlusMembership in Academic Associations

ASRSThe Adventist Society of Religious Studies
AWA Adventistischer Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitskreis (Adventist Academic Work group)
FEET Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians
GETGesellschaft für Evangelische Theologie (Society of Evangelical Theology)
IASInstitute of Adventist Studies
FKFThe Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
VfF Verein für Freikirchenforschung (Society for the Study of Free Churches)