Refo500 is the international platform for knowledge, expertise, ideas, products and events, specializing in the 500 year legacy of the Reformation.

On the platform, all kinds of partners work together. Which leads to the program Refo500 offers to a wide audience. Refo500 participates in Protestant and Catholic organizations, universities, museums, colleges, cities, commercial institutions, etc. The platform is open to any organization that endorses Refo500's goal.


The Reformation, as a movement of renewal and change, is important for the present and the future. The Reformation has lead since 1517 to great changes on different areas in the whole of Europe en the influences are still noticeable on the present day.


Refo500 makes connections between themes in Reformation times and our days, between then and now, between people and Reformation history. In short: Refo500 is ‘Connecting you, then and now’.


Refo500 wants to reach a wide audience by giving broad attention to the meaning of the Reformation. The focus is on the historical, theological, religious, political, social and cultural spheres.

Willemien L. Riezebos-Tessemaker, LLM
Board Member. Married, mother of four grown up children. Currently working on a dissertation at the Theological University Apeldoorn.

drs. Izak Kole, Secretary
Former manager Driestar University Gouda, treasurer Dutch National Synod and Secretary Foundation Revised Statenvertaling

ir. M.T. (Marthijn) van de Wetering MCM
Treasurer. Finance, Human Resources and Organizational Development Manager at the municipalities of De Wolden and Hoogeveen, Netherlands.

Dr. Erik A. de Boer, Chairman
Professor History of the Reformation, VU University Amsterdam and lecturer Ecclesiology, including Patristics at the Theological University Kampen

Herman Selderhuis

Karla Apperloo-Boersma
Project Leader

William de Hek
Project Assistant

Arjan van den Os
Project Assistant

Dr. Jan Luth
External Consultants for Liturgy and (Church) Music. Lecturer Liturgical Studies (specialization Hymnology)

Dr. Jan Smelik
External Consultant for Liturgy and (Church) Music, Musicologist and Hymnologist,

Dr. Renger de Bruin
Curator for urban history at the Central Museum Utrecht, Professor of Utrecht Studies at Utrecht University

Rev. Gerrit de Feijter
President Dutch National Synod and former president of the Synod of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands

Dr. Wim François
Research Professor of the Special Research Fund (BOFZAP) at the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University Leuven

Dr. Wim Janse
Professor of Church History VU University, Amsterdam

Dr. Guido Marnef
Professor at the Department of History, University of Antwerp

Dr. Boukje van den Berg-Thijs
Editorial coordinator at Boom Publishers, The Hague

Anna Vind, Secretary
Professor of Church History of the Department for Church History at the University of Copenhagen and Secretary of the Board of RefoRC.

University of Oslo

Dr. Zsombor Tóth
Coordinator Central and Southeastern Europe

Dr. Günter Frank
German Speaking Area

Dr. In-Sub Ahn
Project Leader Refo500 Asia

Christian Utpatel
German Speaking Reformation Cities, on behalf of Terra Lu Travel

Volker Leppin
Church Historian and Director of the Institute for Late Middle Ages and Reformation times at Tübingen.

Anna Vind, Secretary
Professor of Church History of the Department for Church History at the University of Copenhagen and Secretary of the Board of RefoRC.

Alberto Melloni
Church Historian and Director of the Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII for Religious Studies in Bologna.

Violet Soen
Professor of Early Modern Religious History at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Faculty of Arts).

Anne Eusterschulte
Professor of History of Philosophy of the Institute for Philosophy at the Free University Berlin.

Peter Opitz
Professor of Historical Theology and Ecclesiastical History in the School of Theology and Director of the Institute for Swiss Reformation History at the University of Zurich.

Zsombor Tóth
Literary Historian. Senior Research Fellow HAS, RCH, Institute for Literary Studies. Central and Southeastern Europe Coordinator for Refo500.

Tarald Rasmussen
Professor of Church History of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo.

Herman Selderhuis
Research Curator of the John a Lasco Library in Emden, Professor of Church History and Church Polity at the Theological University Apeldoorn, director of Refo500, president of the Board of RefoRC.