Dr. Michael R. Wagenman

Adjunct Professor of Religion and Theology


Office: 219M

Programs: Biblical and Theological Studies, Youth Ministry, Urban and Intercultural Ministry


PhD., University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.

MDiv, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI.

BA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.


Dr. Wagenman completed his PhD at the University of Bristol (UK) and his academic research is aimed primarily at the biblical, theological, and philosophical issue of power, primarily as it comes to expression in cultural institutions. Related areas of scholarly interest are the cultural thought of Abraham Kuyper, religious propaganda, and the biblical-theological roots of European worldviews and democratic pluralism.

Dr. Wagenman is Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Scripture Collective at the Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge (UK) where he leads an international team of scholars studying power in society. He is also Fellow at the Faith in Scholarship blog which is part of the Thinking Faith Network in the UK.

In addition to teaching at Redeemer, Dr. Wagenman serves as the Christian Reformed campus minister and member of the faculty in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (theology) at Western University in London. For Redeemer students considering graduate studies in theology, Dr. Wagenman is able to supervise graduate students through Huron University College’s Faculty of Theology.

Research Interests

  • Power in socio-cultural institutions
  • The Power of the Church
  • Secularism and “Death of God” theology
  • Biblical hermeneutics (interpretation)
  • Reformational worldview and philosophy


The Power of the Church: The Sacramental Ecclesiology of Abraham Kuyper (2020).

Engaging the World with Abraham Kuyper (2018).

Together for the World: The Book of Acts (2016).

“Abraham Kuyper, the Institutional Church, and Socio-Political Engagement” in The Church’s Social Responsibility: Reflections on Evangelicalism and Social Justice, eds. Robert J. Joustra and Jordan Ballor (2016).

“Kuyper on the Church: From Calvin to the Neo-Calvinists,” in On Kuyper: A Collection of Readings on the Life, Work & Legacy of Abraham Kuyper, eds. John Kok and Steve Bishop (2013)