James Ambrose Lee II teaches classes on various topics in Church History, including, Christianity and the Modern World, Women in the History of Christianity, and Martin Luther. He also teaches Encountering Religion In America and Introduction to Christianity.


  • PhD, Historical Theology - Saint Louis University; Saint Louis, MO
  • STM, Liturgical Theology - Yale Divinity School & Yale Institute of Sacred Music; New Haven, CT
  • MDiv - Concordia Theology Seminary; Fort Wayne, IN
  • BA - Concordia University Chicago; River Forest, IL

Academic and Professional Highlights


  • Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture Graduate Seminar, “Genealogies of Modernity II: Possible Worlds, Medieval to Enlightenment,” June 2018, Collegium Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior Professional Positions

  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University (2015–2017)
  • Assistant Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Worden, Il, and Zion Lutheran Church, Carpenter, Il (2012–2018)


  • Neolutheranism and the Confessional Revival
  • Nineteenth-Century German Theology
  • Lutheran Worship and Liturgy


  • Confessional Lutheranism and German Theological Wissenschaft: Adolf Harle, August Vilmar, and Johannes Christian Konrad von Hofmann (De Gruyter, 2022).

  • "The Burden of Kneeling: The Bavarian Kneeling Controversy and the Debate Between Ignaz von D'llinger and Adolf von Harless," Concordia Theological Quarterly 86, no.2 (April 2022): 141-170.

  • "August Vilmar (1800-1868) against German Theological Wissenschaft," Lutheran Quarterly 34, no.2 (Summer 2020): 171-193.

  • “Luther among the Neo-Lutherans Gottfried Thomasisus and Johannes von Hofmann,” Lutheran Quarterly 32, no. 3 (Autumn 2018): 249–269.

  • “Shaping Reception: Yves Congar’s Reception of Johann Adam Möhler,” New Blackfriars 97: 1072 (November 2016): 693–712.

  • “The Institution Narrative in Current Liturgical Scholarship,” Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology 23:4 (Reformation 2014): 33–41. 


  • "Dogmengeschichte und Dogmenentwicklung: L'he's Posture Towards Nineteenth-Century Theological Trends." Presentation at the 5th Conference of the International L'he Society, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. July 25, 2022

  • "The Burden of Kneeling: The Bavarian Kneeling Controversy and the Debate Between Ignaz von D'llinger and Adolf von Harless." Presentation at the Scholarship Symposium of Concordia University Chicago. November 4, 2020.

  • "Issues in Religious Freedom: The Cologne Affair and the Kniebeugungsstreit." Presentation at the Author?s Workshop for the Oxford Handbook of Modern German Theology, San Diego, CA. November 22, 2019.

  • “August Vilmar and Theology for Today” and “Theodor Kliefoth and the State of Private Confession in the 19th Century.” Invited presentations to the St. Mark’s Conference, Baltimore, MD. April 29–30, 2019. 

  • “Luther Among the Neo-Lutherans. The Reception of Luther by Gottfried Thomasius and Johannes von Hofmann.” Nineteenth Century-Theology Unit, American Academy of Religion. Boston, MA. November 19, 2017.

  • Invited respondent to paper “Catholic and Protestant Relations: The Long View,” given by Dr. Grant Kaplan at the Eight Annual Newman Symposium, Fontbonne University, October 17, 2017.

  • “From Symbolik to Einheit: Recasting the Legacy of Johann Adam Möhler through Yves Congar.” Lonergan on the Edge 2016, Marquette University, September 23, 2016.

  • “Shaping Reception: The Ecclesiological Influence of Johann Adam Möhler in Yves Congar.” Saint Louis University, Graduate Research Symposia, April 22, 2016.

  • “Living and Whole: Conceptions of the Church as Organismus in 19th Century Germany: Höfling and Kliefoth.” Concordia Theological Seminary, Symposia Exegetical Sectionals, January 20, 2016

  • "Pauline Ecclesiology in the 19th Century: Two Examples of Incarnational Ecclesiology." Concordia Theological Seminary, Symposia Exegetical Sectionals, January 22, 2014