Zacharias Ursinus

Zacharias Ursinus (1534-1583)

A brief bio of Zacharias Ursinus, an early Reformer in the Protestant Reformation: Not long after Wolfgang Musculus became a leading Reformer, Zacharias Ursinus was born into a Lutheran family in 1534. At age 15, he enrolled in the University of Wittenberg University where he became a student of and close friends with Philip Melanchthon. When he completed his studies in 1557, he traveled the Reformed world, meeting John Calvin,… Read More »Zacharias Ursinus (1534-1583)

Wolfgang Musculus

Wolfgang Musculus (1496-1563)

A brief bio of Wolfgang Musculus, an early Reformer in the Protestant Reformation: Wolfgang Musculus had a similar story as other Reformers. When he was sixteen years of age, he became a monk, and stayed one for fifteen years. In 1518, he read some of Martin Luther’s writings and was won to the Protestant gospel. Once he was ordained a priest, he began preaching in the monastery and local churches… Read More »Wolfgang Musculus (1496-1563)

Guido de Bres

Guido de Brès (1522-1567)

A brief bio of Guido de Brès (1522-1567), an early Reformer in the Protestant Reformation: While John Calvin and Theodore Beza were teaching in Switzerland, Guido de Brès was preaching the doctrines of the Reformation in The Netherlands. De Brès was converted to the Protestant gospel by reading the Bible in 1547. He set to preaching and became known as “The Reformer of the Netherlands,” but had to flee for… Read More »Guido de Brès (1522-1567)

Theodore Beza

Theodore Beza (1519-1605)

A brief bio of Theodore Beza, an early Reformer in the Protestant Reformation While Thomas Cranmer was working for reformation in England, Theodore Beza was laboring for reformation under John Calvin. Beza was raised a Roman Catholic, but gradually became disenchanted with Roman Catholicism until he was converted to the Protestant gospel, condemned as a heretic, and fled to Geneva in 1548. John Calvin welcomed him. At the request of… Read More »Theodore Beza (1519-1605)

Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)

A brief bio of Thomas Cranmer, an early Reformer in the Protestant Reformation: John À Lasco was not alone in his labors for reformation. He had many co-laborers, and one of the most influential was Thomas Cranmer. Cranmer became Archbishop of Canterbury, England in 1533. He battled Roman influence for fifteen plus years under Henry VIII, until Henry died, and his ten year-old son, Edward VI, took the throne. Then… Read More »Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)

John à Lasco

John à Lasco (1499-1560)

A brief bio of John à Lasco, an early Reformer in the Protestant Reformation John à Lasco had a similar beginning as some of the other Reformers. He was a Catholic priest who was influenced by Erasmus, and then by Ulrich Zwingli. Around 1538 he was converted to the Protestant gospel, and by 1543, he was the leader of the Protestant Churches in Emden, Germany. When, due to political alliances,… Read More »John à Lasco (1499-1560)

John Calvin

John Calvin (1509-1564)

A brief bio of John Calvin, an early Reformer in the Protestant Reformation: John Calvin was only eight years old when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses and only fifteen when Ulrich Zwingli presented his Instruction to the Zurich city council. Yet, this young man would grow to become one of the most important leaders of the Protestant Reformation. He was raised Roman Catholic, and studied to be a priest,… Read More »John Calvin (1509-1564)

Martin Bucer (1491-1551)

A brief bio of Martin Bucer, an early Reformer in the Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon were not the only Reformers in Germany. Martin Bucer, leader at Strassburg of the Reformed Churches in South Germany, worked for reformation as well, and served as a bridge between the Lutherans and the Reformed.[1] The Reformation was a fight by the Reformers against the Roman Catholics, but it was also a… Read More »Martin Bucer (1491-1551)

Philip Melanchthon

Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560)

A brief bio of Philip Melanchthon, an early Reformer in the Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther was not alone in his theology against Rome, for Philip Melanchthon was his closest friend and most ardent supporter.[1] He was a professor with Luther at the University of Wittenberg. In 1520 when Luther was battling with the Pope, Melanchthon was working on the first Protestant systematic theology (dogmatics), which was published in 1521.[2] A… Read More »Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560)

Martin Luther

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

A brief bio for Martin Luther, an early Reformer in the Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther was primarily driven by his doctrine of man’s total depravity. If he was to be saved, only God could save him. He had a guilty conscience that drove him to depend on God’s grace alone, which lead to his understanding of justification as he preached through the Psalms, Romans, and Galatians.[1] Luther was converted to… Read More »Martin Luther (1483-1546)