Michael Welker is a Senior Professor at the University of Heidelberg and the Executive Director of FIIT, The Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology. For his first of two PhDs at Tübingen, his advisor was theologian Jürgen Moltmann, who delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in 1984-1985. Professor Welker is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Church in Germany.
From the University of Heidelberg website:
Prof. Welker's research themes include the areas Christology, doctrine of creation, anthropology, and eschatology, the dialogue between theology and the natural sciences as well as interdisciplinary Biblical theology and the analysis of forms of "structured pluralism" in the Biblical canon, in ecumenism and in late modern society. He is a full member of the Heidelberg Academy of the Sciences and a corresponding member of the Finnish Academy of the Sciences.
Prof. Welker's publications include the titles "God the Spirit", "God the Revealed. Christology", "Creation and Reality," "What Happens in Holy Communion?", "The End of the World and the Ends of God. Science and Theology on Eschatology” (edited with J. Polkinghorne)," "Die Reformation: Potentiale der Freiheit" (together with B. Hamm), "Theologische Profile: Schleiermacher – Bonhoeffer – Barth – Moltmann“, "Money as God? The Standardized Monetarization of the Market and the Impact on Religion, Politics, Law, and Morals" (ed. with Jürgen von Hagen), "Concepts of Law in Sciences, Legal Studies and Theology" (ed. with Gregor Etzelmüller), "The Science and Religion Dialogue: Past and Future" (ed.), "The Depth of the Human Person" (ed.), "Quests for Freedom: Biblical - Historical - Contemporary" (ed.)
Prof. Welker will deliver the 2019 Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh on October 28, 29, 31 and November 4, 5, 7.