Professor of Church History
B.A., Wellesley College, 1979
M.A., Episcopal Divinity School, 1989
A.M., Harvard University, 1991
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1996
Anne Thayer is the Paul and Minnie Diefenderfer Professor of Mercersburg and Ecumenical Theology and Church History at Lancaster Theological Seminary. She received her Ph.D. in Religion from Harvard University in 1996.
Anne is particularly interested in late medieval Christianity, the history of the laity and the popular communication of religious ideas. She is active in a variety of professional organizations including the American Academy of Religion, American Society of Church History, the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, and the Mercersberg Society. She resides in Lancaster with her husband John and daughters Elizabeth and Carolyn.
History of Christianity
Mercersburg TheologyHistory of the Laity
History of Preaching
Lives of Faith
Popular Transmission of Religious Ideas
Late Medieval and Reformation Preaching
History of the Laity
Early Print Culture
History of Pastoral Care
Handbook for Curates: A Late Medieval Manual on Pastoral Ministry. A translation of Guido de Monte Rochen’s Manipulus Curatorum. Introduction with Katharine Jackson Lualdi, Washington DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2011.
“Reformation Understandings of Worship and Preaching,” in T&T Clark Companion to Reformation Theology, T&T Clark, 2012.
“The Medieval Sermon: Text, Performance and Insight,” in Understanding Medieval Primary Sources: Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe, ed. JoelRosenthal, Routledge, 2012.
“Support for Preaching in Guido of Monte Rochen’s Manipulus Curatorum,” In Pastoral Care in the Later Middle Ages, Ronald J. Stansbury, editor, Leiden: Brill, 2010.
“Learning to Worship in the Later Middle Ages: Enacting Symbolism, Fighting the Devil, and Receiving Grace,” Archive for Reformation History, 99 (2008), 36-65.
Christ, Creeds and Life: Conversations about the Center of Our Faith. Ed. with Douglas Jacobsen. Cleveland: United Church Press, 2007.
"What's New in the History of Christianity?" Religion Compass. j.1749-8171.2006.00021.x
"Eucharist, Power and Community: A View from Calvin and Nevin," New Mercersburg Review 35 (Autumn, 2004)
"The Postilla of Guillermus and Late Medieval Popular Preaching," Medieval Sermon Studies 48 (2004)
Penitence, Preaching and the Coming of the Reformation St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002)
Penitence in the Age of Reformations St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History ed. with Katharine Jackson Lualdi
(Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000)
Medieval Sermons and Society: Cloister, City and University ed. with Jacqueline Hamesse, Beverly Mayne Kienzle and Deborah Stoudt (Louvain-la-Neuve: Fédération des Instituts d'Etudes Médiévales, 1998)
Models of Holiness in Medieval Sermons ed. with Beverly Mayne Kienzle, Edith olnikowski, Rosemary Hale and Darlene Pryds (Louvain-la-Neuve: Fédération des Instituts d'Etudes Médiévales, 1996)
Topics in Church History
Laity in the History of Christianity
Lives of Faith