Rev. Dr. Joshua Hollmann, Associate Professor of Theology, was given the 2019 Nehemiah Award for Service at the Concordia College’s community meeting held on August 22.
Concordia’s Nehemiah Award was endowed by Dr. Robert and Mrs. Lois Meier “to provide an opportunity for faculty to recognize their peers for noteworthy service to the college, the church, the community or profession…the recipient is a New Testament Nehemiah who has devoted time and talents in service to God and people in building for the future.”
In her remarks on the occasion, Dr. Sherry Fraser, Provost Emerita and Vice President of Mission said, “Like Nehemiah of the Bible, Rev. Dr. Hollmann builds walls of protection. Here at Concordia, these walls protect students from apathy and ignorance of history, religion, theology and philosophy, while demonstrating the benefit of intellectual exploration and rigor.”
Rev. Dr. Hollmann, who is a favorite among students and peers alike, said “I am honored and surprised. It is especially meaningful to be recognized by colleagues I admire so much.”
In addition to positions as Chair of the Theology Department and Associate Professor of Theology, Rev. Dr. Hollmann serves as Director of the Stephens Initiative for Service Learning. His teaching and research interests are Christian-Muslim relations, comparative religion, philosophy and the western religions, philosophy of religion, and Christian thought and history. Dr. Hollmann has lectured and taught at universities and seminaries in India, Sudan, Canada, Turkey, Haiti and the Philippines. He has led student-learning-service trips to Oman, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Quebec. He also studied at Hangzhou University and the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Religious Concordance: Nicholas of Cusa and Christian-Muslim Dialogue (Brill). He is co-editor of Nicholas of Cusa and the Making of the Early Modern World (Brill). In addition, he has published articles and chapters in books and presented at numerous academic conferences. He is recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Doctoral Research Fellowship and other awards. Rev. Dr. Hollmann was campus chaplain of Concordia College New York (2014-2017). He pastored a multicultural Lutheran congregation in Montreal, and since 2009 has served as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in New York City (Woodside, Queens). He is also Second Vice President of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.