Original Research - Special Collection: Kerkhervorming 1517-2017

Johannes Dreyer (1500–1544) – Die Hervormer van Herford

Wim Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 1 | a3211 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i1.3211 | © 2017 Wim Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2015 | Published: 28 February 2017

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During 2017, churches with roots in the 16th century Reformation look back at five centuries of reformed Christianity. Much attention is given to important leaders of the Reformation such as Luther and Calvin. However, there are many forgotten ‘heroes’ who will receive no accolades, nor will they be mentioned in any publication. In this contribution the author tells the story of dr Johannes Dreyer, the forgotten reformer of Herford in Westphalia (Germany). After giving some biographical and contextual information, Dreyer’s church order, which was published in 1534 in Wittenberg, is discussed in terms of language, structure and theological content. The  conclusion is reached that the implementation of new church orders were an integral part of the reformation process as well as applying reformed doctrine to the practical situation of churches.


Johannes Dreyer; Maarten Luther; Herford Westphalia; Reformation; Church order


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