Justin Nickel

PhD Candidate | Religion & Society

Justin Nickel
Religion & Society
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Rev. Justin Nickel is a PhD candidate in Religion and Society. He is Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Colorado and earned a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary. He is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served as a solo pastor in Englewood, CO prior to resuming studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. At Luther Seminary, he served as a teaching and research assistant in the Theology Department. At Princeton Theological Seminary, he has served as a research assistant for the Committee on Religion and Society and continues to precept courses in theology and ethics. A Lutheran ethicist, Justin is interested in the ways that Protestants understand the relationship between divine grace and human agency. This includes a principle interest in the relationship between worship and vocation, theology and ethics.  His research interests include Protestant theology, ethics and moral formation, philosophy of language (Ludwig Wittgenstein and Stanley Cavell), and Martin Luther's work and reception. 

Curriculum Vitae

The Work of Faith: Divine Grace and Human Agency in Martin Luther's Preaching

John R. Bowlin (chair)
Kenneth E. Appold
William Stacy Johnson

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Special Advisor & Founding Director, IJM Institute

Bethany Hoang, Class of 2004

“The rooting of justice in our spiritual formation in Christ requires careful thought and teaching. I was equipped to lead in this way through my time at PTS. ”