Denis Kaiser

Denis Kaiser

Denis Kaiser

Title: Associate Professor of Church History
Research and Publication Editor, Center for Adventist Research
Office Location: Seminary Hall N330
Phone: (269) 471-3542
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Dipl.-Finanzwirt (FH), Fachhochschule für
          öffentliche Verwaltung, Polizei und Rechtspflege
          Güstrow, Germany 
BTh, Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen
MA, PhD, Andrews University


Denis Kaiser, a native of Germany, is associate professor of church history in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. In 2017, he joined the Seminary faculty and received for his doctoral dissertation the Doctor of Philosophy Excellence in Research Award from the Seminary. Prior to pursuing his passion for theology and church history, he worked as a tax officer and organization programmer in his native country. He is fascinated by the interconnectedness of history and theology, particularly as it relates to the development of views on divine inspiration and the doctrine of God among Seventh-day Adventists. Besides contributing to academia, he is thoroughly convinced that academic research should be helpful to the church and shape one’s personal life.

Kaiser’s dissertation was published in 2019 as Trust and Doubt: Perceptions of Divine Inspiration in Seventh-day Adventist History. He has contributed book chapters on the history of Adventist theology and Ellen G. White’s life and writings to multiple books, among others Biblical Hermeneutics: An Adventist Approach, The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions, and Understanding Ellen White. He has also written a number of articles, published in Andrews University Seminary Studies, Ellen White Issues Symposium, Journal of the Adventist Theological Society, Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary, Spes Christiana, Theologika, and numerous popular religious magazines. He currently serves as coeditor of the Oxford Handbook of Seventh-day Adventism, subeditor of the history of theology and ethics articles for the Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists, and annotation editor of The Ellen G. White Letters & Manuscripts with Annotations, vol. 2 (1860-1863).

Denis is married to Angelika, a language instructor, and they have one daughter, Zoë.