Dieter Giselbrecht
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Dr. Rebecca Giselbrecht serves as the minister of Campbell River United Church, and is a Research Associate in Church History and Spirituality at Vancouver School of Theology.

Rebecca studied Biblical Studies in Chicago and Leadership in Pasadena, Reformation History and Practical Theology in Zurich. She has a B.S. in Biblical Studies, M.A. in Global Leadership, a MAS in Sociology and Youth Work, an MDiv from Fuller Seminary, and her Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies. Her dissertation in sixteenth-century church history is titled: A Hermeneutic of Female Testimony in the Zurich Reformation.

After serving as a lay ministry leader for most of her adult life, Rebecca transitioned to minister as Associate Pastor of Youth and Children’s Ministry at the Swiss Evangelical Reformed Church in Degersheim, Switzerland. She taught and conducted research in practical theology and spirituality as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Zurich for ten years and was Director of the Center for the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality at the University of Zurich until October of 2018.

She is Oberassistentin at the Institute for Old Catholic Theology, University of Bern, Switzerland, where she is writing her habilitation – a critical edition of the writings of Anna Alexandria of Rappoldstein at the University of Bern. Rebecca has published widely in both German and English on women in church history, the Zurich and Strasburg Reformations, Calvin, Zwingli, Bullinger, women and mission, and practical spirituality studies.

Rebecca is married to her husband Dieter, and they have five children.