Maximilian J. Hölzl, M.Phil. (University of Manchester/ Cliff College)

'Non-Conformist Evangelical Anticipations of Post-Christendom Mission: Exemplified in Puritanism and Pietism' (NTC)

Maximilian Hölzl completed his M.Phil., 'The Methodist Movement as Anticipation of Post-Christendom Mission’, under the supervision of Dr Philip R. Meadows. He has presented papers both at the Oxford-Manchester Methodist Studies Seminars and at the international tercentenary conference ‘George Whitefield at 300’ at Pembroke College, Oxford. Maximilian has made presentations, lectured, and preached in the USA, England, France, Germany, Lithuania, Belgium, Netherlands, Turkey, and Nepal. He obtained an M.A. in Missiology from Columbia International University, studied Classical Languages (Hebraicum, Graecum, Latinum), and Theology at the Universities of Tübingen, Heidelberg and Greifswald. Maximilian has extensive professional experience as pastor, evangelist, speaker, and translator, and has lectured in the areas of Missiology, Practical Theology, Religious Freedom, Church History, and New Testament Theology. Recently, he served as a guest lecturer at Nepal Baptist Bible College and Kathmandu Institute of Theology. Maximilian is currently working on a Ph.D. thesis on non-conformist evangelical anticipations of post-Christendom mission. This is exemplified in 17th century Puritanism and 18th century Pietism. These movements will be investigated through the lenses of their key representatives in England, namely John Bunyan and John Wesley.

Select Publications:

‘The Era of Constantine’, in Hans Aage Gravaas, T. Engelsviken, M. Kamil, C. Sauer, and K. Jørgensen, eds, Freedom of Belief and Christian Mission, Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series 28 (Oxford: Regnum Books, 2015), 79-92.

‘George Whitefield’s Reception in Twentieth-Century German-Speaking Theology’, in The Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture 2 (2015), 96-105.

‘Religious Monopoly and the Loss of Religious Freedom in Christendom’, in International Journal for Religious Freedom 7:1/2 (2014), 157-173.

Review of John Bunyan: The People's Pilgrim, by Peter Morden (Farnham, Surrey, CWR, 2013), International Journal for Religious Freedom 7:1/2 (2014), 228-229.

‘Peters, George W.’, in Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon(BBKL) 35 (Nordhausen: Bautz, 2014, 1076-1097. Online version:

Review of Learning from Willow Creek? Church Services for Seekers in German Milieu Contexts, by Rainer Schacke (Göttingen: Cuvillier, 2009), European Journal of Theology, 21:1 (2012), 86-88.

Review of Freiheit entdecken: Impulse für missionales Christsein und Gemeindearbeit, by Michael Frost and Reinhard Brunner (Münster: LIT, 2010),  Jahrbuch für Evangelikale Theologie 25 (2011), 374-377.

Co-author and co-translator of 'Bad Urach Statement: Towards an evangelical theology of suffering, persecution and martyrdom for the global church in mission’, in Christof Sauer and Richard Howell, eds, Suffering, Persecution and Martyrdom: Theological Reflections  (Religious Freedom Series 2), Johannesburg: AcadSA/Bonn: VKW 2010, 27-106. Online version:

Translation of ‘Bad Urach Call’ into German (‘Bad Urach Aufruf’), 2010. Online version:

Review of Wie die Kirche wachsen kann und was sie davon abhält, by Peter Böhlemann (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2006), Jahrbuch für Evangelikale Theologie 21 (2007),423-425.

Review of Gottesdienste für Kirchendistanzierte by Christian Schwark (Wuppertal: R. Brockhaus, 2006), Jahrbuch für Evangelikale Theologie 21 (2007),434-435.

Gemeinde für andere: Die Anwendbarkeit der Willow Creek Gemeindeaufbauprinzipien für den Aufbau neuer freikirchlicher Gemeinden im deutschen Kontext (Baptismus-Studien 4), Kassel: Oncken, 2004.