Here is a brief biography of the man who sparked the Reformation.
The Early Years
Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Germany to Margaret and Hans Luder (the original pronunciation).
Hans worked in the mining industry, even owning a few copper mines, but he wanted something better for his son. Martin was sent off to boarding school and then to the University of Erfurt.
He was an excellent student. He soon earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree and seemed to be well on his way to success as a law student. But about a month into his legal studies, on the 2nd of June in 1505, Luther was on his way back to school from his parent’s home when he was caught in a violent thunderstorm. The storm grew more intense and Luther became afraid for his life.
Suddenly, a lightning bolt struck near him, throwing him violently to the ground. Luther cried: “Help me, St. Anne! I will become a monk!”