Lecturer: Dr. Frederik Harms (USA)
Time: March 27 – 31, 2023 (18:00 – 21:00) Riga time
Place: Akas street 13, Riga.
Registration necessary for participation.
Language: English, with simultaneous translation channel in Russian


Dr. Frederik Harms is serving as pastor (church-planter) of the Covenant United Reformed Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. He holds the Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Seminary in California and the Doctor of Philosophy in Church History from the Theological University of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.
Dr. Harms is an avid enthusiast of professional soccer (European).


This course focuses on the period following the Reformation until the present (1600-2000). It will take more the form  of an overview or survey of this time period.
The Protestant church entering the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were confronted with a number of diverse challenges both from without and within.
We will spend significant time on the Puritans from England and those living in New England colonies (USA).
As the effects of rationalism and Enlightenment continued we will also look briefly at the time period following the French Revolution until the present, tracing persons and developments that influenced the thought and ministry of the church in the ever evolving societies both in the English speaking world as well as on the European continent.
The Lecture Outline (in this syllabus) follows mostly the Reformation Church History series (Ligonier Ministries), authored and presented by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey.  The lecture notes are the responsibility of dr. Harms.


1) Class attendance and class quizzes (20%)

2) Required reading (20%):

– J.L. Gonzalez, The History of Christianity, Volume II, The Reformation to the Present Day. HarperCollins, 2010,  p 167-530.
– The Canons of Dort (Reformed creed) and the Westminster Confession of faith, and the larger and smaller catechisms.

3) Written final examination (60%) – deadline – April 15, 2023.



In English/Latvian: janis@brts.edu.lv, +37126356030
In Russian: reformatspb@gmail.com (Saint Petersburg)