Reformation Day: 5 lesser-known Protestant leaders

Caspar Schwenckfeld (1489-1561)

Caspar Schwenckfeld
Caspar Schwenckfeld (1489-1561), a Polish Protestant Reformation leader of German ancestry. |

Born into a noble family in what is now Poland, Caspar Schwenckfeld was a royal court advisor when the Reformation began in 1517. He immediately offered his support for the movement.

After failing to fully join Luther’s movement in 1526, Schwenckfeld developed a following of his own, called the “Confessors of the Glory of Christ” or simply “Schwenkfelders.

Schwenckfeld often found himself at odds with both the Catholic Church and many of his fellow Protestants and spent his remaining years in hiding from both groups.

Due to frequent persecution, most of his followers eventually migrated to colonial Pennsylvania in 1734, where their communities exist to the present day.

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