Lecturer in Theology and Patristics
Dr. Springer is a graduate of McMaster Divinity College (PhD, 2019) and joined the patristics faculty in 2021. In 2022, he and Dr. James Payton launched and now co-direct MDC’s Centre for Patristics and Early Christianity.
He was previously an instructor at the Pappas Patristic Institute’s summer patristics program for three years, currently serves on the executive of the Canadian Society for Patristic Studies, and helped launch New Horizons in Early Christian Studies, an independent group established to organize conferences (held in 2021 & 2023).
Specializing in the study of Irenaeus and early Christian spirituality, Dr. Springer has offered courses on patristics and the spirituality of Irenaeus, and has lectured on a wide variety of topics related to historical theology. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes and has been presented in numerous conferences throughout Europe and North America.
Dr. Springer has recently co-edited two volumes of essays: Patristic Spirituality: Classical Perspectives on Ascent in the Journey to God (Brill, 2022) and Studia Patristica: Readings in Irenaeus (Peeters, 2021). His current projects include working with John Behr and Awet Andemichel on a proposed Oxford Handbook of Irenaeus.