Season 2 Participants

Kyle Robinson, Ph.D. is a historian of Early Modern and Enlightenment Europe. His research focuses on the relationship of 18th century European intellectual transformations to the world of Christian belief, particularly in England. He joined the Olivet Nazarene University history faculty in 2019 where he offers courses on European History with an emphasis on cultural history, the history of ideas, and the history of Christianity.

 Brae Aiello is a 2023 graduate from Rolling Meadows, IL, a small suburb of Chicago. She majored in Political Science with minors in Legal Studies and History. Her academic areas of interest include Constitutional Law and America’s legal heritage. She will be attending law school with the ultimate career goal of teaching at the undergraduate or law school level. Her podcast is about Erasmus of Rotterdam and his Praise of Folly.

 Levi Berg is a student majoring in history at Olivet Nazarene University ’23 from Aroma Park, Illinois. His interests lie in ancient European history, ancient Asian history, and medieval European history (with side interests in the American Civil War and, of course, the Reformation). His research seeks to integrate William Williams, Pantycelyn into the context of the Reformation in Wales and the wider Protestant world. After graduation, Levi wants to eventually work as a tour guide hopefully in some place cool, like a Welsh castle.

Aaron Curtis is a Senior at Olivet From Holland Michigan majoring in history and minoring in creative writing. Aaron Plans to teach history at a local k-12 school back home after college and will continue to publish his writings for fun on the side. Aaron’s episode will delve into the idea of visual images as persuasive advertisements during the long reformation with specific emphasis on a series of images produced by Martin Luther and Lucas Cranach The Elder. 

Elyse Eenigenburg, Political Science with Spanish and Legal Studies ’23, has rediscovered her fascination for the dynamics between the church and the state throughout her time in the course Reformations: Early Modern Europe. She is from DeMotte, IN, and received a Christian education from pre-school all the way until her senior year, solidifying a foundation and appreciation for the history of Christianity, specifically the crucial events of the Protestant Reformation. The bold actions of Martin Luther have always particularly interested Eenigenburg, and so for this project she decided to fuse her love of traditional hymns and the theology of Martin Luther, exploring the significance of hymns to the momentum of the Reformation. As much as she enjoys learning about significant events of the past that constantly shape our future, she is seeking to participate in the ongoing legislative process, seeking the betterment of everyday people. 

Elizabeth Stebbins is a graduating 2023 senior from Richland Center, WI, majoring in Social Sciences with concentrations in History, Political Science, and Sociology, and an undeclared minor in Intercultural Studies. Post graduation, Elizabeth will be attending Eastern University to complete a Master’s in Cultural & Theological Anthropology. She hopes to also get a Master’s in Social Sciences or Museum Studies, and eventually a Doctorate within these fields of study. 

Elayna Stevens is a history major from Wheaton, Illinois. She is interested in the social causes of the American Civil War, extending into the Antebellum and the Reconstruction eras. After graduating from Olivet in 2024, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Museum Studies. For her episode, she has jumped across the pond from her comfort zone to examine the life of Queen Jeanne d’Albret of Navarre. Jeanne was a supporter of the Huguenot cause during the French Wars of Religion and was the mother of Henri IV of France.

Brad Stosiek is a transfer student/ Junior here at Olivet University. He is Majoring in Multidisciplinary studies. He will have a minor in history and education. Upon graduation he would like to work in the education field, but does not know specifically what he would like to do. On his episode of the podcast, he will be discussing the Munster Rebellion of 1534 and the events that led up to it, and the gruesome outcome that followed. He will also be discussing the Anabaptist religion, its origins, and what set them apart from other Protestants.

Payton Thill is a history major at Olivet Nazarene University. He is from Valparaiso, IN. While he enjoys researching all aspects of history, he particularly enjoys looking into Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman empires. For his episode of the podcast however, he dives into the Spanish Inquisition and the trial of Francisca de los Apóstoles and her connection to a mystic group known as the Alumbrados.


Madeline Johnson is a Multimedia Communication major at Olivet Nazarene University ’23 who is originally from Elmhurst, Illinois. Upon graduation she hopes to work in residential life at university level. Madeline is the Producer and editor of  Hear the Voice and Prayer, working closely with Dr. Robinson as a part of her Senior Practicum to help bring this podcast to life.

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