AtwoodSchattschneiderMTS Center for Moravian Studies Honors Rev. Dr. David Schattschneider

The Center for Moravian Studies at Moravian Theological Seminary honored the Rev. Dr. David A. Schattschneider with the inaugural Award of Merit “for promoting the study of Moravian history, theology, and mission” on October 13, 2012, during the 3rd annual Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music, held at Moravian College. Schattschneider is one of the pre-eminent scholars of Moravian history, particularly in the areas of Moravian missions. He taught church history at Moravian Theological Seminary from 1968 until his retirement in 2001 and served as dean of the seminary from 1986–2001. He has served on numerous academic and ecclesiastical boards and encouraged research on the Moravians throughout his career. Schattschneider founded the Center for Moravian Studies in 1992 to assist scholarly research on the Moravians as well as to provide information for the general public.

Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood, current director of the Center for Moravian Studies andCharles D. Couch Associate Professor of Moravian Theology andMinistry at Moravian Theological Seminary, presented the award. Atwood, who developed the award, introduced Schattschneider as, "a man whose entire career has been dedicated to teaching Moravian history and facilitating research on the Moravians around the world." To read the full text of Atwood's introduction, click here.

Upon receipt of the award tile, Schattschneider spoke about the history of the Center for Moravian Studies, which he worked to establish for over a decade, and his hopes for the future of the Center. His full remarks are accessible here.