Ronald Rittgers holds the Erich Markel Chair in German Reformation Studies at Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN), where he is also Professor of History and Theology. He earned his B.A. from Wheaton College, his M.T.S. from Regent College, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught at Yale Divinity School for seven years before moving to Valparaiso. He has published widely on the theology and devotion of the German Reformation. His first book, The Reformation of the Keys (Harvard, 2004), examines the practice of private confession in the German Reformation, while his second book, The Reformation of Suffering (Oxford, 2012), discusses the efforts of Protestant reformers to effect a revolution in the pastoral care of the sick and the suffering. He is currently working on projects that examine biblical exegesis and the reception of medieval mysticism in the German Reformation.