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FALL 2011

Magazine of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Godspeed to James Kenneth Echols

Witnessing to the gospel around the globe

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. As students have returned to campus this fall, it is easy for me to remember why LSTC is so important in the life of the Church. There’s nothing like students to remind administrators why our work is important. The Church will always need leaders. Our entering class of M.Div. and M.A. students includes 44 people. That compares to 37 first-year students last year. They are a wonderful group of highly motivated, talented, and committed people eager to grow, be formed as witnesses, and serve the church. They come from a variety of backgrounds and places and have various experiences of the Church. They have come to LSTC to continue faith journeys and academic training in order to serve God’s church. Most of our second-year and fourth-year students are returning from Clinical Pastoral Education and internship. As they have tested their pastoral skills and grown in their understanding of ministry, they return to seminary with a heightened sense of the need to apply academics to their leadership roles. Our Advanced Studies students come from all over the world, often to prepare to teach and lead their home churches. LSTC has been the training ground for many leaders of our global partner churches. As we live in community at LSTC, we have the opportunity to demonstrate and model leadership that builds up the church. The challenges facing seminaries are challenges facing the whole church. The world does not always value our attempts to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. We are not always good examples of discipleship. Our culture does not always support educational endeavors. Sometimes, LSTC, like the church, is called to counter-cultural values. As we engage a changing church in economically unstable times, we at LSTC know we must change our pedagogy, our financial models, and our administrative structures. We, as a community, are in an “envisioning process” which we pray will lead us faithfully into the future. There may be many necessary changes ahead. But our mission does not change. We are a seminary of the church, of the ELCA. We will form leaders for the church. We believe we can move into the future because we trust the good news of Jesus Christ to sustain us. Students are ready to grow and be transformed. LSTC is a place where Christian growth and spiritual

Philip L. Hougen

transformation occur. We have a mission and with God’s help and generous supporters, like you, we will fulfill that mission. Thank you for your partnership in forming visionary leaders,

Philip L. Hougen Acting President


EPISTLE Fall 2011 • Volume 41 • No. 3

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Vision statement LSTC seeks to build up the body of Christ and work for a world of peace and justice that cares for the whole creation. Visit www. or call 1-800-635-1116 for more information about LSTC’s programs, conferences and special events.

James Kenneth Echols preaches in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC.

Gunilla Jönsson Murphy weaves fabric for LSTC paraments.

Editor Jan Boden Designer Ann Rezny Contributors Anna Ballan Jan Boden Kurt Hendel Philip Hougen Ralph Klein Richard and Janyce Olson Ray Pickett Communications and Marketing Advisory Committee David Abrahamson Mark Bangert Janette Muller Mark Van Scharrel LSTC Board of Directors Michael Aguirre Clarence Atwood, Secretary Myrna Culbertson Susan Davenport Gregory Davis Melody Beckman Eastman Kimberlee Eighmy James Fowler Trina Glusenkamp Gould, Vice Chairperson J. Arthur Gustafson Kathryn Hasselblad-Pascale Greg Kaufmann John Kiltinen Mark Klever Susan Kulkarni Michael Last Roger Lewis Gerald Mansholt Sandra Moody Harry Mueller, Treasurer Peggy Ogden-Howe Melinda Pupillo Gerald Schultz Sarah Stegemoeller, Chairperson Harvard Stephens Jr. Keith Wiens Jean Ziettlow

The LSTC Epistle is published three times a year by the Communications and Marketing Office. Printed on FSC certified paper with soy-based inks

3 News from LSTC

14 Exodus from Hunger

LSTC, Valparaiso University working together in new ways; Nine students receive prestigious fellowships

Book review

By Ray Pickett

5 Weaving the world into our worship

15 Visionary Leaders Scholarships award merit, alleviate student debt

LSTC’s paraments

by Anna Ballan

17 2011-2012 Scholarship recipients

7 Uncovering unexpected gifts on internship

by Jan Boden

8 The Effects of grace in a great life Review of Herbert Chilstrom’s A Journey of Grace

by Ralph Klein

by Jan Boden

21 Ph.D. student receives John Stott Ministries Fellowship

by Jan Boden


LSTC wishes godspeed to James Kenneth Echols

President’s message inside cover

10 Some lessons I have learned from James Kenneth Echols

Faculty notes


Class notes


Transitions 28

by Philip L. Hougen

11 James Echols: A President with a vision

by Kurt K. Hendel

Cover: James Kenneth Echols, president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 1997-2011 Photo credits: Anna Ballan, Jan Boden, Tricia Koning, Kristin Rice, Dirk van der Duim

Opportunities at LSTC


Opportunities at LSTC Chapel Music Series presents Bach for the Sem and more

Come for the lectures, stay for the free, half-day workshop

On Sunday, January 8 at 4 p.m., the 18th annual benefit concert for LSTC by Chicago area Lutheran professional musicians, Bach for the Sem, will feature Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, part 3. Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division Street, River Forest, Ill., will host the concert. Mark Bangert will conduct the orchestra, choir, and soloists in the premier of a Concerto for Contrabass by Douglas Johnson, carols and hymns, and the closing chorus of the rarelyperformed Christmas Oratorio by Heinrich von Herzogenberg for double chorus, children’s choir, and orchestra. Tickets go on sale in December. Call 773256-0712 to reserve yours.

Leadership Lectures: Identity and Context Emerging ministry is the topic for LSTC’s new Leadership Lectures, the LSTC’s annual Leadership Conference redesigned into one day of topical and practical lectures, discussion, and worship. On March 19, Nadia Bolz-Weber, founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, Colo., and LSTC Professor of Theology and Anthropology, the Rev. Dr. Linda E. Thomas, will help you understand emerging ministry—what it is and who can do it. You will also explore how much your identity as a pastor is influenced by the context of your ministry and how much your pastoral identity affects the congregation you serve. Metropolitan Chicago Synod Bishop and LSTC Alum Wayne Miller will preach during worship. Registration fee: $75.00. Registration deadline is March 12. For more information or to register email or call 773-256-0741. LSTC will present the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards following the lectures.

On December 4, Daniel Schwandt, cantor to the seminary community, leads Advent Choral Vespers in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. Worship begins at 7:00 p.m. Join the LSTC community in welcoming Advent. February 19 at 7:00 p.m., the Chapel Music Series bring the Bobby Schiff Trio to LSTC for an evening of Sinatra tunes. For over 35 years, both in Chicago and Los Angeles, Bobby Schiff has performed and collaborated with such greats as Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, Bobby Rydell, Marvin Hamlisch, and a host of others. He currently works in Chicago as a vocal arranger and accompanist. The Augustana Chapel at LSTC is the setting for this free concert.

Free half-day workshop offered by Valparaiso Graduate School of Business The Role of Business in a Faith-Based Organization is a free half-day workshop offered at LSTC on Tuesday, March 20, by Valparaiso University’s Graduate School of Business. Clergy and other church professionals will learn how management skills can help their organizations be sustainable in order to achieve their mission. The workshop covers strategic planning, proper use of technology, budget and financial controls, the basics of employment law and reporting, philanthropy versus fundraising, and using social media as an alternative to advertising and promotion. Participants will be invited to submit other topics of interest in advance for discussion at the workshop. Advance registration is required. Registration deadline: March 12. For more information or to register email or call 773-256-0741.

Leadership Series: online, one-day, half-day offerings Online course explores “What Are Scholars Saying about the Gospels?” Dr. Carol Schersten LaHurd facilitates an online conversation for rostered leaders to explore the 2012 Gospel lectionary for preaching and adult education. Offered January 9 – February 6, “Exegesis for the Pulpit: What Are Scholars Saying about the Gospels?” is a great way to learn what scholars have written about the texts and to exchange ideas with others who are preaching and teaching the texts. The registration fee is $100. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Please register by December 16. For more information or to register email or call 773-256-0741.

For a full list of the many events and opportunities at LSTC, visit


News from LSTC LSTC, Valparaiso University working together in new ways Taking the next step on a dream that has been in the works for 18 months, the presidents of LSTC and Valparaiso University met on Valpo’s campus on September 8 to sign a memorandum of understanding. The agreement will lead to Valparaiso University offering a graduate Health Administration program from LSTC’s campus beginning in fall 2012. “Valparaiso University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago are partners in a faith tradition,” said Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler at the signing ceremony. “By working together, we can do something that will be great for both institutions.” LSTC’s Acting President Philip Hougen noted that the two schools share many values including commitments to diversity and a global perspective. “Valparaiso University graduates have comprised the single largest group among LSTC students in recent years,” he said. Beginning in January 2012, Valparaiso University will have an office on LSTC’s campus and will work on details of and recruitment for the Master’s in Health Administration program. The 45-49 credit interdisciplinary program will prepare students and professionals for careers and advancement in health administration. Offering this program on Chicago’s south side will allow access by the many professionals working in area hospitals and health care facilities. It will also invite local hospital administrators to serve as adjunct faculty for the program. Valparaiso University’s program will draw on the longstanding history of the Lutheran Church’s active involvement in health issues to prepare professionals for the ethical challenges inherent in medicine and health care. No other Lutheran institutions provide preparation for this profession. For more information about Valparaiso University’s graduate programs, visit http://www.

LSTC Fund for Theological Education Fellowship recipients at the FTE Leaders in Ministry Conference, from left, front row: Marissa Sidars, Stephanie (Anderson) Berkas, (Mary) Elise Scott, Sarah Rossing; back row: Christina Garrett, Kyle Severson, Kristina Heise, Angela Storer, Rachel Brocker

lows than any other seminary or divinity school, including Princeton (eight), Vanderbilt (seven), Duke (six), and the University of Chicago (five.) “These fellowships confirm the exceptional gifts for leadership that we see in LSTC students,” said Acting President Philip Hougen. Dorothy Dominiak, director of financial aid, added, “Receiving this type of outside scholarship means that these students keep their loan debt to a minimum.”

Nine students receive prestigious FTE Fellowships

Fellows’ nominating congregations Rachel Brocker—Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Vancouver, Wash. Kristina Heise—Divinity Lutheran Church, Parma Heights, Ohio (Mary) Elise Scott—St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Columbia, S.C. Kyle Severson—Faith Lutheran Church, Joliet, Ill. Marissa Sidars—Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn. Angela Storer—Celebration Lutheran Church, Chardon, Ohio Stephanie (Anderson) Berkas—Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville, Minn.

Eight first-year and one second-year master of divinity LSTC students have received Fund for Theological Education Fellowships (FTE). Only 38 students enrolled in seminaries across the U.S. and Canada were chosen for the awards. LSTC has more FTE fel-

Applicants must be preparing for congregational parish ministry and have the intellectual and interpersonal gifts for pastoral leadership. Each will receive a $1,000 to $5,000 award, matching support from


their nominating congregations for seminary tuition and living expenses. Fellows also attended the FTE Leaders in Ministry Conference, “Renewing the Church in Service to the Common Good,” held in June at Dillard University in New Orleans.

was chosen for the award from a field of international candidates. The awards ceremony was held during Yale Divinity School Convocation on October 11, 2011. “This award is a fitting tribute to Dr. Rossing’s excellence in the classroom and her popularity as an instructor, author and speaker throughout the church,” said LSTC Acting President Philip L. Hougen. “Her insights on the apocalypse, climate change, and ecology have literally been heard around the world through her work with Barbara Rossing the Lutheran World Federation.” Three other Yale Divinity School Alumni will receive awards. The Rev. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Ill., is the recipient of the Distinction in Congregational Ministry Award. Christopher Doucot, founder of the Hartford Catholic Worker Community, is the recipient of the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice. The Rev. Evalyn M. Wakhusama, founder and executive director of the Women’s Initiative in Knowledge and Survival, a Kenyan NGO concerned with helping disadvantaged and vulnerable women and children, is the recipient of the Lux et Veritas Award.

Two students receive $10,000 awards Sarah Rossing, an entering master of divinity student at LSTC, has been recognized by the Fund for Theological Education as a young leader who demonstrates exceptional gifts for ministry. She has received a 2011 FTE Volunteers Exploring Vocation Fellowship, providing $10,000 over three years to help meet expenses and to fund a ministry internship opportunity. Christina Garrett received a 2011 FTE Ministry Fellowship. It provides a $10,000 award to a second year master of divinity student who has a GPA of 3.3 or higher, and who demonstrates strong leadership abilities for ministry and a deep commitment to the life of the spirit and ministry as a vocation. FTE Ministry Fellows are required to complete a self-designed ministry project, attend the Leaders in Ministry Conference, and participate in two Ministry Fellows Retreats. See pages 14–19 for more Scholarship news.

Barbara Rossing receives Yale Divinity School Alumni Award The Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing, professor of New Testament at LSTC, is the recipient of the 2011 Yale Divinity School Alumni Award for Distinction in Theological Education. Rossing received the master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 1981 and was ordained as an ELCA pastor in 1982. She

Errata: In the Summer 2011 issue of the LSTC Epistle, in the photo on page 27, the caption should read LSTC alumni at the Grand Canyon Synod Assembly. We also incorrectly added an s to Stadler-Ammon. The top photo on that same page are members of the Class of 1961 and their spouses, who attended their 50-year reunion at LSTC the weekend of May 14-15.


LSTC’s paraments

Weaving the world into our worship by Anna Ballan (2011, M.Div.) Scandinavian weavers, I’m sure that I smiled broadly. He explained what the words above the chapel doors — “For All Nations”—boldly proclaim: that we are a seminary committed to a global understanding of God’s mission in the world, and that our worship space should reflect the cultural diversity of the church. Sets of textiles woven in the styles of East India, Senegal and Guatemala were already part of this proclamation, adorning the worship space and leaders throughout the year. Professor Bangert explained that the time had come to compliment the group with a set of Scandinavian vestments for the festival seasons of the church year. My own involvement in the project ended

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. (Psalm 139: 13-15)

Gunilla Jönsson Murphy weaves the cloth for LSTC’s white paraments.

It is not difficult for me to imagine God as a weaver, carefully and lovingly crafting each living thing in secret, intricately weaving you and me from the beautiful darkness at the depths of the earth. You see, my mother is a weaver in a long line of weavers, and her hands have created some wonderful and astounding things. When I was a child, the muted tapping sound of my mother’s loom meant that threads were being pushed into patterned towels, shawls and table linens at the other end of the house. Partially retired, with more time for her hobby, she recently converted my old room into her studio (“vävstuga,” in her Swedish mother tongue), and the tapping of her loom has increased.

The “monk’s belt” motif

almost immediately, as I passed on my mother’s contact information (“she probably knows someone who can help”) and hopped a plane to Sweden to begin my year-long ministry internship there. Over the course of the year, I received steady updates from my mother, who was incredibly enthusiastic about the project.

Careful planning for a tailor’s final project

Textiles to reflect our diversity

My mother traveled from our home in Missouri to see the worship space at LSTC and to meet Christian “Visti” Vistissen, the Danish tailor who would fash-

So, when Professor Mark Bangert approached me in chapel one morning, and asked if I knew any


Labors of love Over the course of about 400 hours last year, the tapping of my mother’s loom produced many spectacular yards of cloth that now make up two stoles, a cope, a chasuble, and a frontal that entirely covers the table. Friends, these works are so beautiful, and I hope that you have an opportunity to see them. They are labors of love that, in the life of Augustana Chapel, in concert with vestments representing other cultures, proclaim God’s love “For All Nations.” Thanks be to God!

Anna Ballan and Christian “Visti” Vistissen, tailor of the vestments and paraments, at the dedication ceremony

ion the fabric into final form. They measured the space and imagined the possibilities together. Having completed many pieces for the seminary and its students over the years, this would become Visti’s final project, and my mother was honored to be a part of that. She made a trip to a yarn shop in Kansas to find the right materials, finally settling on a combination of bamboo, cotton and silk. She wove these into a traditional Swedish motif called “monk’s belt.” She wanted this fabric to be “spectacular.”

LSTC’s new white chasuble and stole

Your new, renewed, or increased gift to the LSTC Annual Fund matched dollar for dollar A strong Annual Fund will help LSTC form more visionary leaders who will bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ in the church and world. To encourage you to give your most generous gift possible to the Annual Fund, two friends of LSTC are matching all new, renewed and increased gifts dollar for dollar. Your gift will do that much more to help LSTC fulfill its mission.

a gift to the Annual Fund during the 2010-2011 fiscal year (July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011). Every dollar you give will be matched. Increased gifts are above and beyond what you gave to the Annual Fund from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011. If you made a gift of $100 and can give $125 this year, $25 will be matched. The Annual Fund provides the largest portion of LSTC’s income for day-to-day operating costs. This fund supports building maintenance, staff and faculty salaries, and financial aid. Your gifts to the Annual Fund keep LSTC strong and benefit every aspect of the seminary’s mission and ministry. You may use the envelope in this issue of the Epistle to make a gift to the Annual Fund. Or make a gift online at

What does this mean—new, renewed and increased gifts? The donors of the matching gift are challenging all of us to grow LSTC’s Annual Fund. New gifts are from those of you who have never given to LSTC’s Annual Fund. Every dollar you give will be matched. Renewed gifts are from those who have not made


Uncovering unexpected gifts on internship by Jan Boden For most LSTC students, internship is a time to try out their “pastor wings” by preaching, teaching and getting a pastor’s perspective on parish life. The focus is on doing. Sally Wilke did all those things on internship. She also developed one more essential skill: learning to be with the people. Wilke applied for and was assigned to a Horizon Internship that included two very different parishes, Hope Lutheran Church in Walker, Minn., and its partner ministry, St. John’s Episcopal Mission in Onigum, Minn., a congregation of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The role of the intern was “just to be with the people.” Wilke explains, “I was told not to have any illusions about ‘fixing the people on the reservation.’ Maybe, by the time my internship was over, they might ask me to speak.” Wilke estimates that it took her six or seven months to establish good, trusting relationships with some of the people at St. John’s. “I was lucky enough to form a relationship with a young woman who had left the reservation and then returned. She became my guide in what to say and do.” Sally Wilke listens to a friend at LSTC.

Problem-solving skills held her back Before she came to LSTC, Wilke was a self-described “cheerleader and problem solver” for a social service agency in Wisconsin. She was happy with her life and had no intention of leaving it to attend seminary. In April 2008, a friend who was a spiritual director for LSTC students encouraged Wilke to visit the seminary. By August 2008, Wilke was living in Chicago ready to begin classes at LSTC. “The doors just kept opening,” Wilke says. “I was just walking through each door in the process.” While doing a unit of clinical pastoral education the summer after her first year of seminary, Wilke realized that ministering to people in need required a completely different set of skills than the ones she used as an administrator of a social service agency. She suspected that her problem-solving skills were holding her back. “I’ve had to learn to listen,” she says.

was amazing. Their faith had hands and legs.” The congregation of 1,300 is active in myriad ministries including assembling and distributing hundreds of food boxes and quilts each year for families in need, hosting self-help and other support groups and supporting global missions throughout the world with both donations and people. It took Wilke several months to discern what her role was in connecting the two ministries. “I decided that I was to serve as the liaison for getting the people at Hope more involved with the mission of St. John’s.” She worked hard to build relationships between people—to help them establish trust by listening to one another. Wilke hopes that this will lead them to redefine what it means to be in mutual ministry. The contrast between the two communities caused Wilke to experience culture shock on a daily basis. “I saw an affluent community in Walker, Minn. But in Onigum, on the shore of the same lake, I saw a community struggling economically. Still,

Culture shock on a daily basis Learning to be with the people of St. John’s Episcopal Mission was one part of her internship. Of the other part, Wilke says, “Hope Lutheran Church

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The Effects of grace in a great life: Bishop Herbert Chilstrom’s autobiography Faculty book review by Ralph W. Klein, Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor Emeritus of Old Testament What does it take to be a leader? What does it take to be the church? These are the questions that engage Herbert Chilstrom in his lengthy autobiography, and they are answered proleptically in the book’s title A Journey of Grace: The Formation of a Leader and a Church. His family of origin was low income, blessed with eight children. Of those siblings he writes most of his brother David, who is developmentally challenged and who has lived out his calling in a simple and profoundly faithful way. In that family his faith and piety were nourished, but those loving contours were deepened and transcended in a lifetime that has now reached 80 years. After an undistinguished record in elementary school and high school, he found himself academically at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, Augsburg College, Augustana Seminary, Princeton Seminary, and New York University, where he earned a doctorate. LBI and Princeton especially seemed to have kindled his love for and knowledge of the Bible. He wrote a master's thesis at Princeton on baptism in the early church and published a book Hebrews—A New and Better Way in 1983. After serving several years at two small parishes in northwestern Minnesota, Chilstrom became a professor and dean at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Teaneck, N.J., and then served as pastor at First Lutheran in St. Peter, Minn. From there he was elected president/bishop of the very large Minnesota Synod, and then became the first bishop of the ELCA, an office now known as presiding bishop, thanks to his recommendation at the end of his eight year tenure. His recommendation to reduce the number of synods from sixty-five to thirty-eight failed. In 1954, he married Corinne Hansen, and her life and vocational choices play a major role in the autobiography. Trained as a nurse, she later earned a B.S. and an M. Div. and became ordained in 1985.

Together they adopted three children, one of whom, Andrew, took his own life. Corinne published a book about that experience, Andrew, You Died Too Soon.    In addition to the first person narrative, this book is full of excerpts from sermons, letters, position papers, and his personal journal. It names outstanding fellow leaders and identifies others who were less than outstanding or were very contentious. Chilstrom played a major role in the Commission for a New Lutheran Church (CNLC), a 72-person committee that put the ELCA together. Chilstrom suggested the name for this church body and was among those who opted for Chicago rather than Milwaukee as its national headquarters. He does not mention the controversy about the naming of the Trinity in the CNLC. Most people, I suppose, will start with the two chapters dedicated to his tenure as national bishop since that is the context in which most of us know him. He praises the competence of the executive officers and the Church Council, and shares honestly about the loneliness of leadership and the exhausting challenges of travel. His proudest accomplishment was Mission90, a program designed to foster Bible reading, stewardship, and evangelism and that established a companion synod program between the sixty-five synods and international Lutheran churches, especially in the developing world. From the start, the ELCA ran into money problems that have continued and even worsened over the years. There were already major cutbacks in personnel and programs during his tenure. The issue of homosexuality was controversial back then, too, and the book records his gradual evolution from an initial advocacy only for civil rights for these sisters and brothers in the Minnesota Synod, to his strong advocacy of including gays and lesbians on the clergy roster in more recent years. A premature release of a study of sexuality in 1993 made all hell break


loose (p. 561) and deluged him with 700 very angry letters. Through it all he kept an even keel, and cites a humorous newspaper column in Minneapolis headlined “If Lutherans don’t like sex, why are there so many of them?” Historians will scour this autobiography in future years when the history of the ELCA will be written although it, of course, is only part of the story. Those of us who have known Herb personally can relive the effects of grace in a great life by savor-

ing this book. Any profits from this book will help fund the Herbert Chilstrom chair in New Testament at LSTC. A Journey of Grace: The Formation of a Leader and a Church by Herbert W. Chilstrom is available from Lutheran University Press for $28.00 plus shipping and handling. Order online at Books/A_Journey_of_Grace.

We remember Dorothy Marple 1927–2011 In 1975 Dorothy Marple became the first woman and the first layperson to serve as a bishop’s assistant in the Lutheran Church in America. She is being remembered across the ELCA as a leader whose vision and tireless work helped form the ELCA and shape the direction of its seminaries. Chosen by LCA President Robert Marshall to serve as a bishop’s assistant, Marple became crucial in coordinating the transition team that formed the ELCA from its three predecessor church bodies. “The whole church owes Dorothy Marple a debt of gratitude for the tireless, focused, eminently fair leadership she gave to the ELCA Study of Theological Education,” said Phyllis Anderson, president of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, who served with Dr. Marple on the task force (1989–1994). “That study continues to inform the directions and decisions of our seminaries today.” Dr. Marple served the church and theological education as dean of women and foreign student advisor at

Thiel College, assistant general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the U.S.A., Lutheran World Federation Executive Committee member, chair of the LWF Commission on Church Cooperation, a member of the board of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and a member of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. At LSTC, she served on the committee that helped establish The Robert J. Marshall Graduate Fellowship. LSTC alumnus, the late Pastor Ralph Eckard, knew Dr. Marple for 48 years, serving with her in the LCA executive offices from 1976–1988. He remembered her as “a prodigious worker and a great colleague in every sense of the word. She had a breadth of experience which she could apply to any situation.” Dr. Marple died on August 8, 2011, at Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler, Pa. Her funeral service was held August 13 at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, Ambler, Pa.

Uncovering unexpected gifts on internship that community was full of love and commitment to family—with people willing to pitch in to help one another.”

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approximately 30 funerals at the two congregations. “I handled them well,” she says, crediting a combination of maturity, seminary, and “just life.” In a letter to the program director for ELCA’s Horizon Internships, Wilke says, “In the process of getting acquainted and beginning the process of walking alongside the people of Onigum, I learned more about myself than I have in the last several years…[they] challenged my belief in myself and created spaces within me to grow in love and mutuality…I was pleased to be able to uncover a gift for pastoral care that I hadn’t expected.”

Doing things she never thought she could do Wilke had longed to be a pastor for most of her life, but doubted her ability to do all the things being ordained would require. “I was sure that I’d never be able to preside at a funeral,” she says. Wilke met her doubt and fear head-on during internship. Her first day included a wake for a beloved elder of the Native American community. Over the next 12 months, she participated in


Some lessons I have learned from President James Kenneth Echols by Philip L. Hougen, acting president For a couple of years before I began serving as acting president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago I served as chairperson of the board of directors. During my time on the board and my time as acting president, I have reflected often on President Echols’ gifts of leadership to LSTC and the example he has set for me and others.

Always look at the big picture Jim Echols is a visionary. He used his ability to analyze a situation to improve LSTC and serve a greater purpose. When President Echols sensed the need for the community to grow in its worship life and spirituality, he led the community to build the Augustana Chapel and added a program of spiritual formation. While keeping LSTC’s best interests in mind, President Echols was also able to see LSTC in churchwide and ecumenical contexts. He articulated the innovative idea of “one seminary in multiple locations” as an option for making the ELCA theological education system more efficient in forming leaders for the church. James Echols’ ecumenical and interfaith vision for LSTC led to a closer collaboration between LSTC and McCormick Theological Seminary. It was a groundbreaking way for the schools to live out their churches’ ecumenical agreements. LSTC’s reputation as a leader in inter-religious relationships and multicultural emphasis grew during President Echols’ tenure. LSTC sees itself as part of a larger picture because of his leadership.

James Kenneth Echols

Lead with style and grace When James Kenneth Echols walks into the room, I sometimes feel underdressed or even sloppy. It isn’t just because of the clothes he is wearing. Jim Echols is a private person who maintains his dignity and principles. His precision in writing, speech and manner were gifts to the LSTC community and beyond. His gracious support of me as I served as acting president during his sabbatical in 2010, was a personal gift for which I will always be grateful. When I think of James Kenneth Echols, I thank God for him. He took on an historic role as the first African American president of a North American Lutheran seminary. His gifts to LSTC and to the church are lessons in how to lead well with integrity.

Take responsibility for your own leadership President Echols always took responsibility for both the strengths and weaknesses of LSTC. If some of us were tempted to speak negatively about other seminaries, Jim was always quick to turn the conversation around. If he was being criticized by others, he maintained a generosity of spirit that was remarkable. If he had been let down by others, he took the responsibility on himself rather than blame those who had failed to do their job.


James Echols: A President with a vision by Kurt Hendel, Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History Built the Augustana Chapel and deepened students’ spiritual formation

When James Kenneth Echols accepted his call as president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago he had already served with distinction as a parish pastor, seminary professor and dean of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. These ministries had prepared him well to lead a

While worship had already been a crucial aspect of seminary life, President Echols sought to foster the community’s worship experience by providing it with an inviting liturgical space. It was primarily because of his vision and persistence and the generosity of alumnae/i and other supporters, especially those identifying with the Augustana heritage, that the auditorium-chapel and the smaller undercroft chapel were transformed into the Augustana Chapel, with its fine Manz organ, striking stained-glass panels and transparent view of the world. President Echols also sought to nurture the faith, particularly of LSTC students, by making spiritual formation a priority of the seminary’s mission, by working diligently for the endowment of the Cornelsen Chair of Spiritual Formation and by playing a leading role in the appointments of Pastors David Miller and,

Dr. Echols enjoyed team teaching the Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. course each year.

seminary of the church. This became readily apparent as he acclimated quickly to his new ministry setting; became acquainted with LSTC’s history, identity and sense of mission; and assumed his new responsibilities with energy and confidence. He remained a diligent and creative leader throughout his tenure as president. Eager to affirm the traditional marks of the seminary, President Echols also sought to broaden LSTC’s mission and to provide the community with the resources necessary to be a visionary center of theological education, not only for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but for faith communities throughout the world. As I reflect on President Echols’ ministry at LSTC, the following examples are illustrative of his diverse contributions to the life and mission of the seminary.

Dr. Echols speaking to the LSTC community on September 21, 2011

more recently, Joan Beck as the Cornelsen Director of Spiritual Formation. Through the creative leadership of Pastors Miller and Beck a diverse Growth in Faith program has been established that provides students with rich opportunities for spiritual growth in addition to community worship. President Echols’ desire to nurture the spiritual life of God’s people has also been recognized and celebrated by a generous endowment that allows the seminary


established during the Echols presidency. This important legacy will surely inspire continuing efforts to endow faculty positions.

President Echols leads an LSTC graduation ceremony at Rockefeller Chapel.

to present the annual James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching to seminarians who excel in the interpretation and proclamation of God’s word.

President Echols thanks comprehensive campaign co-chair Larry Tietjen at the campaign close event November 2010.

Upheld LSTC’s academic mission Deeply committed to the academic excellence and fiscal stability of the seminary, President Echols envisioned the establishment of endowed chairs for every faculty position at the seminary. As he participated in the development efforts of LSTC, he,

President Echols preaches at the 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at LSTC while Rhonda Pruitt (2011, M.Div.) and Dr. Cheryl Pero listen.

Sufficient fiscal resources to support an excellent faculty were not President Echols’ sole concern, however. He was also dedicated to the maintenance of such a faculty. Therefore, he served on every faculty search committee and participated fully as potential colleagues were evaluated in light of the seminary’s academic needs and mission. The present LSTC faculty surely reflects the vision of President Echols.

President Echols shows off his moves on the basketball court during the faculty/ staff vs. students game. He is blocked by Jamie Wallace (2009, M.Div.).

together with the colleagues in the Advancement Office, identified potential donors of endowed chairs and invited their generous gifts. These diligent labors bore good fruit, and seven endowed chairs were

Shepherded LSTC’s fundraising, accreditation As has already been noted, a significant amount of President Echols’ energies and time were devoted to


relationships with many friends of the seminary. LSTC cannot carry out its mission without accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. President Echols also shepherded a major institutional self-study and accreditation visit in 2006-2007 that resulted in the re-accreditation of LSTC for a ten-year period. His choice and encouragement of the director of the self-study, his support of faculty and administrative colleagues preparing written documents and his correspondence with the accreditation agencies were invaluable and skillfully promoted the academic integrity of the seminary.

“In a great city…” President Echols’ communications and reports often concluded with the phrase: “In a great city, a great Christian tradition deserves a great seminary!” He believed these words, not with a sense of pride, but with a deep commitment to serve the church and the world as effectively and diligently as possible. We are deeply grateful for his faithful ministry on behalf of LSTC and the whole church, and we give thanks to God for blessing us with the gift of James Kenneth Echols.

Donna Skinner Echols and James Kenneth Echols, November 2010

the seminary’s development efforts. He was especially involved in nurturing relationships with present and potential major donors. Together with the colleagues in the Advancement Office and professional consultants he also helped plan and administer a major and successful campaign, Equipping the Saints for Ministry. In all of these efforts he represented LSTC with dignity and grace and fostered crucial

LSTC wishes James Kenneth Echols Godspeed On September 21 the LSTC community celebrated the Rev. Dr. James Kenneth Echols’ 14 years of leadership and ministry as the seminary’s president. The Rev. Dr. Richard Perry preached and Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Shelley presided at the worship service packed with students, alumni and guests. Mrs. Donna Skinner Echols and Jennifer Echols accompanied Dr. Echols to the celebration. Art Gustafson, a member of the LSTC Board of Directors and a longtime friend of the Echols family, expressed the board’s gratitude for Dr. Echols’ service. At a community lunch following worship, representatives from the faculty, students, alumni, and staff lifted up his many accomplishments as president of LSTC and thanked him for his leadership. On November 11, the wider community of alumni, donors, churchwide and academic colleagues, and area clergy will have an opportunity to wish Dr. Echols godspeed at a celebration hosted at LSTC by the Board of Directors.

Paul Knutson, facility operations manager and a leader on the faculty/staff basketball team, lifts up The Presidential Shoe award as he pays tribute to Dr. Echols at the September 21, 2011, farewell luncheon.


Exodus From Hunger: We Are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger Faculty book review by Ray Pickett, professor of New Testament David Beckmann’s latest book, Exodus From Hunger: We Are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010) engages the challenges of hunger in a global context that is both personal and political. Most importantly, it is a book that is hopeful because it builds on the enormous progress that has been made against hunger and poverty in recent years, and inspiring because it recounts and suggests practical ways that individuals and communities have an impact on reducing hunger.

ed by all the charities in the country amounts to about 6% of the amount of food poor people receive from federal food programs. Americans tend to think that government programs are inefficient and to distrust politicians, and there are good reasons for this jaundiced view of government. Nonetheless, Beckmann maintains that the most effective way to address global poverty and hunger is to hold governments and politicians accountable through political advocacy. At the center of the book’s argument for the possibility of dramatically reducing global hunger are the Millennium Development Goals approved by most of the nations of the world in 2000. Beckmann provides a variety of examples of countries that have successfully employed different strategies to address issues of poverty and hunger. But the main message of the book is that people of faith can make a difference through political advocacy. The book is sprinkled with accounts of politicians whose consciences were pricked to champion policies that would benefit people living in poverty because they received letters from constituents imploring them to do so.

Personal involvement and progress David Beckmann (1974, Christ Seminary-Seminex, M.Div.) is an ELCA pastor and an economist who has devoted his life to these issues. After working on poverty reduction activities for the World Bank for 15 years, he has been president of Bread for the World since 1991. In 2010 he won the World Food Prize. Although Beckmann tells the story of his own involvement in the fight against hunger that includes cameo appearances by the likes of Bono, Bill Gates, and a handful of politicians, the featured characters in this compelling account of the politics of hunger are ordinary people who got involved. Beckmann begins the book by describing the challenges and affirming the progress that has been made. The number of people living in extreme poverty in developing countries—living on less than $1.25 a day—dropped from 1.9 billion in 1980 to 1.4 billion in 2005. It is easy to be overwhelmed even paralyzed by the staggering amount of suffering and death caused by malnutrition across the globe, but the focus of the book is on programs and strategies that have improved the quality of life for millions of people. Lest readers think that hunger is a problem only in developing countries, it is worth pointing out that nearly one in four children in the United States—22.5% as of December 2008—lives in a food-insecure household.

Practical suggestions for individuals and congregations Exodus from Hunger would be an excellent book for congregational study. It is grounded in a biblical vision of justice and compassion and predicated on the conviction that God moves through those of us who are willing to act on our faith. It is full of practical suggestions for how communities involved in local efforts to address issues of poverty and hunger can make a difference by political engagement through organizations like Bread for the World and writing letters to Congress.

Successful strategies to reduce global poverty and hunger

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The crux of Exodus From Hunger is the call to engage the politics of hunger. The United States has developed a massive system of charitable feeding, and the religious community has been a driving force. Yet Beckmann underlines the fact that all the food provid-

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Visionary Leaders Scholarships award merit, alleviate student debt Pastor David Spong and his family understand the challenges new pastors face when they graduate from seminary with student loan debt. “My daughter is a seminary graduate who is paying off student loans. It can be difficult. We know that no one gets rich on a pastor’s salary. That is why we’re concerned about others graduating from seminary with debt,” Pastor Spong said. When the family sought a way to honor Pastor Spong’s parents, Bernard (Augustana, class of 1939) and Doris, they decided to fund two of LSTC’s new Visionary Leaders Scholarships. Using a gift from his parents’ estate, Pastor Spong and his family are funding a half-tuition Dean’s Scholarship and a one-quarter tuition Servant Scholarship for first year M.Div students at LSTC.

Several years ago, the admissions staff discovered that some of the prospective students who were very interested in LSTC decided to go to other seminaries because those other schools were able to offer the students a better scholarship package, alleviating their need to borrow money for seminary. Mark Van Scharrel, vice president for advancement, proposed creating the Visionary Leaders Scholarships to provide several levels of merit- and need-based support for students based on merit. He was also aware of two studies related to student debt showing that students of color graduate from ELCA seminaries with 50% more debt than the average ELCA seminary graduate. The Advancement Office created the Hope Scholarships specifically for students of color. “We wanted to remove as many financial barriers as possible for prospective students who felt LSTC was the best seminary for them,” Van Scharrel says. “We worked closely with our colleagues in admissions to find out how many scholarships they thought would make a difference and then we tested the idea with some of LSTC’s donors. The response from donors was truly amazing. Everyone we talked to understood the need and many of them are providing scholarships for students this year.”

Helping students choose LSTC Eleven first-year, three Ph.D., and three doctor of ministry LSTC students are receiving Visionary Leaders Scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. LSTC has, historically, provided a large number of need-based scholarships. What’s new about the Visionary Leaders Scholarships is that they are merit scholarships awarded to students whose gifts and goals make them a particularly good match for the type of ministry formation LSTC provides.

Hope Scholarships Many students of color in ELCA seminaries will become the first in their family to be a Lutheran pastor. “Seminary students who come from families with pastors seem to have a better network of financial support from their congregation or through other Lutheran organizations and that reduces their

Alleviating debt Student loan debt carried by seminary graduates has been a growing problem over the last 15–20 years. LSTC has long been aware of graduates sometimes turning down a call because of financial reasons.

Katherine Tuttle, received a Dean’s Scholarship

Ruby Burwell-Lee received a Hope Scholarship

Angela Storer, Justin Tigerman and Rachel Brocker received Presidential Scholarships


Elizabeth Lowry received a Dean’s Scholarship

need to borrow money to get through seminary,” Van Scharrel says. Hope Scholarships may be awarded on merit or on need. Because seminary students often borrow money to meet living expenses, Hope Scholarships may also be used to meet those expenses.

Three Servant Leader Scholarships of approximately one-third tuition are being provided by two donors to Megan Sawyer, Marie Sager, and Stephanie Berkas. Ruby Burwell-Lee is receiving the Hope Scholarship, provided by two donors. Four donors are providing internship funding support to Cuttino Alexander, who is doing a Horizon Internship in the Republic of Georgia. Three partial-tuition scholarships were awarded to Ph.D. students Jeff Fitzkappes, Carl-Eric Gentes, and Mary Tororeiy. Three partial-tuition scholarships were awarded to doctor of ministry in preaching students Seth MolandKovash (2001, M.Div.), Liz Munoz and Phil Holck.

Visionary donors For the Spong family, Visionary Leaders Scholarships are a way to keep the church strong. “We have benefited tremendously from what the church has done for us and for our family,” said Pastor Spong. “We wanted to bless the church in some way. One way to help the church go forward into the future is through good leaders.” Thirteen donors are making the Visionary Leaders Scholarships a reality. They are Wilmette Lutheran Church (see Fall 2010 Epistle article), The Marion I. Breen Charitable Fund, Janette and Ernest Muller, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans/ James Thomsen, Julie Christopher, Grace Lutheran Church (River Forest, Ill.)/Dean and Beverly Lueking, Christopher Lueking, John Bentz, The Estate of Doris and Bernard Spong, Andrew Tecson and Nancy Hagen, and the LSTC Guild. Wilmette Lutheran Church, Nathaniel and Kimberly Bryant, and the Lutheran Charitable Award are providing Hope Scholarships.

Able to grow by leaps and bounds The value of the scholarships can be measured by the impact they have on students who receive them. Presidential Scholarship recipient Justin Tigerman knew, after he visited LSTC, that this was the place he wanted to attend seminary. “I applied and was accepted at the University of Chicago Divinity School. It seemed that the emphasis there was on becoming a teacher. I knew that I wanted to prepare to be a pastor,” he says. When the Divinity School offered him an attractive financial aid package, he discussed the situation with his parents. “They told me to go to school where I want to go. They were prepared to help me financially by using my father’s pension fund. Having a Presidential Scholarship also means I don’t need to ask them to make that sacrifice. I’ve been able to participate more fully in chapel and choir. I’ve been able to grow by leaps and bounds in just a few months. I have been able to grow in faith and fellowship here at LSTC largely thanks to the breathing room this generous scholarship has given me.”

Real dollars each year Donors funding Visionary Leaders Scholarships provide full- or partial-tuition scholarships in real dollars for each year the student is on campus. The donors are encouraged to continue the gift through the student’s internship year to fund internships at sites that would not otherwise be able to afford them. Three donors are providing full-tuition Presidential Scholarships awarded to Rachel Brocker, Justin Tigerman and Angela Storer. Two donors are providing half-tuition Dean’s Scholarships for Katherine Tuttle and Elizabeth Lowry.

Jeff Fitzkappes and Carl-Eric Gentes received Visionary Leaders Scholarships for Ph.D. studies

To learn more about Visionary Leaders Scholarships, contact Mark Van Scharrel at or call him at 773-256-0676.

Mary Tororeiy received a Hope Scholarship for Ph.D. studies


Stephanie Berkas, Marie Sager, and Megan Sawyer received Servant Scholarships

2011-2012 Scholarship recipients Approximately 80% of LSTC’s students receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships. The photos here tell only a small part of that story. They illustrate the number of students who receive support provided by organizations that fund multiple scholarships. What you don’t see are the dozens of scholarships and direct assistance provided to students by their home congregations or synods. An even greater number of scholarships are funded by endowments created by individuals and congregations. Many of those scholarships have specific require-

ments attached, e.g., that the student be of Finnish descent, or preparing to serve in a rural or small town setting. The impact of all of these gifts is this: visionary leaders are being formed to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. They will graduate from seminary with reduced or no student loan debt thanks to the generosity of so many. To find out how you or your congregation can financially support an LSTC student’s education, contact Mark Van Scharrel at or 773-256-0676.

The Munderloh Foundation has provided grants to 42 LSTC master of divinity students in 2011-2012. Recipients of the grants are asked to accept the “challenge” of recruiting others to seminary. Practicing the orans posture, from left to right, front: Rebekkah Lohrmann, Ann Maria Goyea-Alexander, Katie Deaver, Marie Sager, Alison Williams, Sarah Rossing, Elizabeth Lowry. Second row: Matthew Stuhlmuller, Katherine Tuttle, Megan Sawyer, Sally Hanson, Meredith Harber, Kristin Klade, Kjersten Priddy. Back row: Angela Storer, Rachel Brocker, Stephanie (Anderson) Berkas, Ryan Gerlach, Mauricio Vieira, Christina Garrett, Christine Anderson, Carolyn Albert, Kristina Heise. Not pictured: Benjamin Adams, Kevin Baker, Amanda Diller, Emily Ewing, Dominic Guido, Emily Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Debra Kelly, Paul Moody, Carolyn (Brostrom) Philstrom, Rory (Phillips) Philstrom, Jenna Pulkowski, Carmen Retzlaff, Bryan Schmidt, (Mary) Elise Scott, Anja Stuckenberger, Bridget Thien, Zachary Wagner, Stephanie Wood.

Kjersten Priddy and Anja Stuckenberger received Creative Teaching Ministry Grants, established by a recent LSTC graduate who wishes to remain anonymous. Grant applicants must create an arts-integrated multicultural Christian education curriculum for 13-18 year-olds, on a specific theme supplied by the donor. The winning curricula are posted on LSTC’s website at www.lstc. edu/lifelong-learners/resources/curricula.php.


The ELCA’s Fund for Leaders in Mission Scholarships include various full-tuition and partial-tuition scholarships from churchwide and synods: Front row, from left: Sara Suginaka, Alexander Raabe, Alison Williams. Second row: (Mary) Elise Scott, Sarah Rossing, Carolyn (Brostrom) Philstrom, Emily Johnson. Back row: Betty Rendon Madrid, Carmen Retzlaff, Christina Veres, Kendrah Fredricksen,

Rory (Phillips) Philstrom, Meredith Harber, Zachary Wagner. Not pictured: Ryan Anderson, Kevin Baker, Robert Bork, Andrew Rindfleisch, Kyle Severson.

Siebert Lutheran Foundation grants support students from Wisconsin. From left, first row: Ann Maria Gonyea-Alexander, Alexis LaChapelle, Crystal Solie, Katie Deaver, Karen Jost. Second row: Kristin Rice, Sally Wilke. Back row: Ryan Gerlach, Robert Bork, Amanda Diller. Not pictured: Kendrah Fredricksen, Christine McNeal, Bryan Schmidt.

Stephanie Wood and Katherine Tuttle received Fund for Leaders in Mission Scholarships.


Opal Dancey Awards support master of divinity students who are from states in the Great Lakes Region: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. From left, seated: Ann Maria Gonyea-Alexander, Sarah Rossing, Meredith Harber. Standing: Zachary Johnson, Mauricio Vieira. Not pictured: Benjamin Adams.

Viljo I. Heinman Scholarship one of many endowed scholarships at LSTC One of the most important sources of scholarship assistance for LSTC students comes from the endowed scholarships established by individuals and congregations. Scholarship awards are made from the earnings on the endowments. Many of the scholarships are designated for students who meet particular criteria. Because of the number of scholarships and limited space in the Epistle, we are not able to list all of them and their recipients, but will highlight one or more of these scholarships in each Fall issue of the magazine. Viljo I. Heinman Scholarship Established in April 1989 to honor LSTC’s Finnish Heritage through its predecessor school, Suomi Theological Seminary, the Viljo I. Heinman Scholarship is awarded to a student of Finnish descent. Benjamin Adams, in his second year of the M.Div. program, received the Viljo I. Heinman Scholarship in 2010-2011 and again this year. “I’m honored and grateful to have received the Viljo I. Heinman Scholarship. It’s Benjamin Adams been a great help in reducing the amount of student loans I need. I’m 51% Finnish,” Ben says. “I identify strongly with that part of my ancestry.” Church has been part of Ben’s life from the time he was a child in Livonia, Mich. While at college, he sought out a congregation that would feed him spiritually. He found Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where the congregation embraced him. “Pastor Jessica Shields played a large part in my ability to discern my call to ministry. Without her guidance, I’m not sure if I would have known where God was leading me.” LSTC is giving Ben the urban experience he felt he needed. Being in Chicago has opened his eyes to justice issues that he didn’t see when he lived in suburbia. Classes he’s taken through the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) are helping shape his ideas about the kind of ministry he hopes to do. “Parish ministry,” Ben says, “but lately I’ve also felt a call to prison chaplaincy.”


Advanced Studies fellowship recipients Fifteen students in LSTC’s doctoral programs received fellowships totaling more than $50,000 for the 2011-2012 year. LSTC provided financial aid scholarships totaling $146,421 for 36 students to support their coursework and continuing studies. Five international students received ELCA Global Mission Partnership Fellowships for both tuition and living expenses. This partnership between LSTC and ELCA Global Mission develops leaders for the worldwide Lutheran Church. “We are grateful that many generous people have created fellowships and scholarships that support the next generation of theologians and teachers studying at LSTC. Through their generosity, we are able to provide assistance to almost half of LSTC’s doctor of philosophy students,” said Esther Menn, director of Advanced Studies. “These awards mean so much to students who are called to this specialized ministry of theological education. Their ministry will prepare many others around the world to be visionary leaders for the church.”

Robert Marshall Graduate Fellowships are awarded to North American students in LSTC’s Ph.D. program. Bridget Illian is the 2011-2012 Marshall Fellow. Illian also received an ELCA Education Grant for advanced theological studies.

Yahu Vinayaraj received a William J. and Elizabeth M. Danker Fellowship for International or World Mission students.

Nayoung Ha received a William J. and Elizabeth M. Danker Fellowship for International or World Mission students.

Mary Tororeiy received the International Women’s Scholarship.

Ph.D. student Rebecca Luft received the 2011-2012 Ralph W. Klein Fellowship in Biblical Studies.

Emanuel Penumaka received a William J. and Elizabeth M. Danker Fellowship for International or World Mission students.

Niveen Sarras received the Christian Palestine Scholarship and an International Student Fellowship as she continues her doctoral studies.

Kathryn Sehy Endowed Fellowship (Interfaith) was awarded to Ph.D. student Crystal Silva-McCormick

Prinstone Ben received an International Student Fellowship.

Chakravarthy Zadda received the International Student Fellowship designated for an international doctoral student.

Other Advanced Studies Awards William J. and Elizabeth M. Danker Fellowship for International students/ World Mission Jonathan Pimentel-Chacon Eleanor and Arnold Scherer Fellowship (International student/World Mission) Iskandar Bcheiry E. Theodore and Mercia B. Bachmann Fellowship Matthew Frost International Graduate Student Scholarship Fund Kyung-Taek Hong Kathryn Sehy Endowed Fellowship (Interfaith) Jonanthan Wilson LSTC/ELCA Global Mission Partnership Fellowship recipients Eva Guldanova (Slovakia), Sanchita Kisku (India), Pintor Sitanggang (Indonesia), Masresha Mengiste Chufa (Ethiopia) and Agalew Tesseme Mengesha (Ethiopia)


Ph.D. student Wiriya Tipvarakankoon receives John Stott Ministries Fellowship Ask about his studies at LSTC and Wiriya Tipvarakankoon will admit that his first several years in the Ph.D. program were difficult financially. He applied for a number of scholarships, but didn’t receive the support he was looking for. “I had faith that if God led me to LSTC, God would make it possible for me to study here.” In 2009, he applied for and received one of Wiriya Tipvarakankoon only two John Stott Ministries Langham Fellowships awarded that year. Each fellowship provides up to $18,000 a year to Majority World scholars studying in the United States or Canada. The goal of the fellowships is to develop teachers for seminaries in Majority World countries who will strengthen biblical preaching and leadership in churches. “If I had known that only two fellowships were going to be awarded, I would not have applied,” Tipvarakankoon says. “All of the other recipients are studying at places like Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I thought that studying at LSTC would close the door for an evangelical scholarship like this one.” Evangelical enough? Before the fellowship was awarded, the panel making the award would need to know if Tipvarakankoon’s faith and approach to scripture met their requirements. “My wife and daughter and I had attended the College

Church in Wheaton. For the committee, attending this church was evidence of my evangelical faith,” he said. By the time he received the fellowship, Tipvarakankoon was already in his third year of study and showed great potential for finishing his studies within the timeframe of the scholarship. He also has a teaching position waiting for him at the Bangkok Institute of Theology when he returns to Thailand. “Dr. Rossing wrote a very good recommendation that says LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,” Tipvarakankoon said. “I know that helped me get the fellowship.” A minister in the Church of Christ in Thailand (Presbyterian), Tipvarkankoon earned a master’s of theology degree at Princeton Theological Seminary before coming to LSTC. At LSTC, he has been pleased by the variety of methodologies he’s learned for interpreting the Bible, including reading from one’s own context. Learning from John Stott Tipvarakankoon’s dissertation will be on the Book of Revelation. “It’s a scary and confusing book for Thai people,” he said. One of the things he wants to do when he is teaching is to challenge seminary students and clergy to study the Bible deeply in order to proclaim the Word appropriately. Ironically, some of Tipvarakankoon’s views about mission and strengthening the church in Thailand came from John Stott’s ideas. Some time before he applied for the fellowship, he was looking for something to read that was different from what he’d been working on. By chance, he picked up a book by John Stott. “I learned something about mission from that book,” he said. “On the fellowship application, when I had to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the Thai Church, I realized that many of my answers came from the ideas of John Stott.” To learn more about the John Stott Ministries Scholarship, visit

LSTC Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration Join members of the LSTC community on Monday, January 16, at 11 a.m. for worship, lunch, and a special program. The Rev. Dr. Frank M. Yamada, president of McCormick Theological Seminary, will preach for the communion service. ELCA Director for Racial Justice Ministries Judith Barlow Roberts will

introduce the documentary “Slave Routes: A Global Vision” and lead discussion after the film. Please RSVP by Friday, January 6, to the Albert “Pete” Pero Multicultural Center at LSTC at or 773256-0760.


FACULTY NOTES An up-to-date and fuller list of recent faculty publications may be found at Mark Bangert, John H. Tietjen Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Ministry: Worship and Church Music, in October, participated in the Manz Tage at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn., celebrating the life and ministry of Paul Manz. That month he also was a presenter at the Luther Hostel in Trego, Wis.

Joan Beck, Cornelsen Director of Spiritual Formation and Pastor to the Community, conducted a selection interview for the Congregation and Synodical Mission Unit of the ELCA on September 2 to identify pastors appropriate for leading a mission development or redevelopment for the church.

Kathleen D. (Kadi) Billman, John H. Tietjen Professor of Pastoral Ministry: Pastoral Theology published “Responding to and Suffering in the Name of Jesus: Relief, Relationship, and Resistance” in In the Precious Name, ed. Douglas Ruffle and Nicola Mulligan (Tom’s River, N.J.: Jersey Shore Press, 2011).

Philip Hougen, acting president, attended the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly in May and the Central/Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois Synod Assemblies in June. President Hougen also represented LSTC at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, Fla. in August.

Ralph Klein, Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, presented a two-part study of Luther at Grace Lutheran Church, LaGrange, Ill. in September.

Richard Perry, associate professor of church and society and urban ministry, served as the representative of the LSTC faculty at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, August 15–19. During the introduction of the “Recommended Social Statement on Genetics” to the assembly, he presented “How the Statement Speaks to Me.” His essay for Good Soil was a part of their contribution to the devotions of the assembly. In May, Perry gave a presentation on the Recommended Proposed Social Statement on Genetics at Trinity Lutheran Church, Park Forest, Ill. He published “Neibuhr and Politics” in the May/ June issue of The Journal of Lutheran Ethics and “Martin Luther King Jr. and the Christian Life” in the April 2010 issue of the same journal. His review of Reinhold Niebuhr Revisited: Engagement with an American Original ed. Daniel F. Rice appeared in The Journal of Lutheran Ethics (May/June 2011).

Ray Pickett, professor of New Testament, gave presentations on Luke/Acts for the Texas- Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Discipleship Project, a cross-cultural, cross-generational leadership school for people in

8th grade through adults held at Texas Lutheran University in June. He also led Bible study for LSTC’s Serving Christ in the World Youth in Mission Program in June. Pickett’s article, “An Ecomony of Grace” appeared in the August issue of The Lutheran magazine.

David Rhoads, professor emeritus of New Testament, published The Seasons of Creation: A Preaching Commentary edited with Norman Habel and Paul Santmire (Fortress Press, 2011). His essay, “Mark as Story Reflections,” written with Joanna Dewey and Donald Michie was published in Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect (Society of Biblical Literature, 2011). His 2010 Hein Fry lecture appears as the essay “Recovering the Bible as Oral Performances in Community” in Teaching the Bible in the Parish (and Beyond) (Hein Fry Lectures for 2010) (Minneapolis, MN: Lutheran University Press, 2011). Rhoads’ article, coauthored by Aaron Cooper, “Seasons of Creation,” may be read on The Living Lutheran website http:// seeds/the-season-of-creation.htm.

Barbara Rossing, professor of New Testament, traveled to Germany in May and June as a Transatlantic Climate Fellow with the Heinrich Boell Foundation. She attended the Kirchentag in Dresden and then traveled to Berlin to meet with climate and energy policy


people at the invitation of the foundation.

Craig Satterlee, Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Professor of Homiletics, participated in a planning meeting of the Academy committee of the North American Academy of Liturgy in Montreal from August 5-8. He preached this summer at Calvary Lutheran Church, Chicago, and at Grace Lutheran Church, LaGrange, Ill. In September he returned to Calvary Lutheran Church to preach. In October he preached at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Glenwood, Ill. In June, Satterlee participated in the 2010-11 Teaching and Learning Colloquy for Mid-Career Theological School Faculty at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. He also presented “Telling Your Story of Faith” for LSTC’s Serving Christ in the World Youth in Mission Program. Satterelee gave three lectures and preached on “Worship and Wholeness” at the Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly, May 13–14. His article, “Learning to Picture God from Those Who Cannot See,” was published online by Homiletics http:// ejournals.library.vanderbilt. edu/homiletic/viewarticle. php?id=157. He published “Why Do We Give?” in the Alban Weekly (July 4, 2011) http://

Lea Schweitz, assistant professor of systematic theology/religion and science and

director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, was awarded a Summer Research Fellowship from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning during the summer of 2011. She was also invited to join the ELCA Steering Committee for the Alliance for Faith, Science, and Technology in 2011. Schweitz and Michael Hogue published “Exploring Humanity and Our Relations” in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science (June 2011). They also served as guest editors of the “Voices from the Next Generation” section that same issue of Zygon.

Benjamin Stewart, Gordon A. Braatz Assistant Professor of Worship, was the keynote speaker for the first Lutheran Studies Conference at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash. His topic: water resources. Stewart spoke at the Food, Justice and Sustainability Young Leadership Program at KAM Isaiah Synagogue, Chicago, in July.

Mark Swanson, Harold S. Vogelaar Professor of Christian-Muslim Studies and Interfaith Relations and associate director of A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice, was the keynote speaker at the conference “Us and Them: Constructing the ‘Other’ and Pathways for Dialog,” at the Dialogue of Civilizations Platform 2011, Gülen Institute, University of Houston, on September 23.

Linda Thomas, professor of theology and anthropology, in December 2010 concluded a six-year term

as co-convener of the Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group of the American Academy of Religion. She serves as Global Chair of the Women’s Commission of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT). During her sabbatical last year, Thomas served as referee and mentor for the United Methodist Women of Color Scholars Program; preached at Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wis.; and taught the 10-week adult education course, “Black Women’s God-Talk: Womanist Theology,” at Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago. Thomas and Dwight Hopkins, edited Walk Together Children: Black and Womanist Theologies, Church and Theological Education (Eugene, OR, Cascade Books, 2010). Thomas’ article, “The Aesthetic Dimensions of Religion in South Africa,” was published in Bodies Beautiful: Aesthetic Dimensions of Religious Thought and Life in Africa and the African Diaspora, Anthony Pinn, ed. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Her article, “What the Mind Forgets the Body Remembers: Women, Poverty and HIV” was published in Women and Christianity, Cheryl KirkDuggan and Karen Jo Torjesen eds. (Greenwood: Praeger Press, 2010). Her two commentaries, “Pentecost Sunday” and Trinity Sunday” appear in Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary Year C, Vol. 3: Pentecost and the Season after Pentecost (Propers 3–16) (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010).

Christine Wenderoth, director of the JKM Library and associate professor of ministry, attended and hosted the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Annual Conference in Chicago, June 7–11. She led a session on “Speed Weeding,” participated on the Education Committee, served a liaison for the three worship services, sang in the ATLA choir, staffed the Local Host desk and was the host for the concluding barbeque on the LSTC campus where approximately 150 theological librarians from around the world feasted and toured JKM East. Wenderoth contributed an essay to the festschrift volume honoring the director of the ATLA Singers (choir) of over 20 years, Seth Kasten.

Audrey West, adjunct professor of New Testament, published the commentaries “Luke 12: 13–21: Theological Perspective”; “ Luke 12: 32–42: Theological Perspective”; and “Luke 12: 49–56: Theological Perspective” in Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C, David L Bartlett and Barbara Frown Taylor, eds., Vol. 3 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010). West’s commentaries “John 11: 1–45 (Fifth Sunday in Lent): Exegetical Perspective”; “Matthew 21, 1–11 (Liturgy of the Palms): Exegetical Perspective”; and “Matthew 27, 11–54 (Liturgy of the Passion): Exegetical Perspective” appear in Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year


A, David L. Bartlett and Barbara Frown Taylor, eds., Vol. 3 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010)

Vítor Westhelle, professor of systematic theology, delivered the presentation, “Exploring Effective Context” at the Lutheran World Federation biblical consultation in Nairobi, Kenya, in September. An interview with Westhelle about his role at the consultation was published online at south-perspectives-changeluther-scholarship.html. Westhelle published “Displacing Identities: Hybrid Distinctiveness in Theology and Literature” in Out of Place: Doing Theology on the Crosscultural Brink, Jione Havea and Clive Pearson eds. (London: Equinox Publishing, 2011). His essay “Entre Américas: convergências e divergêngias teológicas” appears in Teologia e Ciências da Religião: A caminho da maioridade acadêmica no Barasil, Eduardo R. da Cruz and Gerald de Mori, eds. (Sao Paulo: Paulina; Belo Horizonte: PUC Minas, 2011). Westehlle contributed “Lutheranism and Culture in the Americas: A Comparative Study” to Transformations in Luther’s Theology: Historical and Contemporary Reflections, Christine Helmer and Bo Kristian Holm, eds, for the series, Arbeiten zur Kirchenund Theologiegeschichte 32, (Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt 2011). He contributed “Mal” to Dicionário Brasileiro de Teologia, Fernando Bortolleto Filho, José Carlos de Souza, Nelson Kilpp, eds. (São Paulo: ASTE, 2008).

CLASS NOTES 1963 Phil Hausknecht (Maywood, M.Div.) served his second interim ministry at St. Paul International Lutheran Church in Tokyo, Japan, from August – November 2011. He had previously served as an interim at St. Paul from 2007 – 2009. The self-supporting Lutheran congregation serves people from all over the world who come to Japan to work, study, or visit. 1972 Bruce Brunkhorst (M.Div.) retired in July due to health issues associated with type-1 diabetes and pancreatitis. During his 39 years of ordained ministry, Brunkhorst has served congregations in Flushing, N.Y.; Chicago; Wilkinsburg, Pa.; White Oak, Pa.; Carnegie, Pa.; and Irwin, Pa. He was featured in a July 21, 2011, article that appeared in the Norwin Star newspaper. 1973 W. Stevens Shipman (M.Div.) has been appointed as director of Lutheran CORE, effective January 1, 2012. He is pastor of United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lock Haven, Pa. 1975

interim bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod. Dr. Nycklemoe had served as bishop of the Southeast Minnesota Synod from 1987–2001. 1979 Joseph W. Hughes (M.Div.; 2005, D.Min.) is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church (LC-MS) in Sadorus, Ill. He has completed training for Intentional Interim Ministry through the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors and serves as a development officer for Blackburn College. He and his wife, Deborah Case celebrated their 15th anniversary. They live in Springfield, Ill., where Deborah is the director of the Foundation for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. 1981 Keith Forni (M.Div.) celebrated the 30th anniversary of his ordination on September 18 at First and Santa Cruz Lutheran Church in Joliet, Ill. The celebration was part of the congregation’s year-long observance of its 140th anniversary.

Carr (1998, M.Div.) were featured in an August 6 article on husband-wife pastor teams that appeared in the Detroit Free Press. They serve St. John Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, Mich.



Kim Beckmann (M.Div.; 1999, D.Min.) is serving as the interim pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church, Chicago. 1992 Molefe Tsele (Th.M.; 1995, Ph.D.), his wife, Modiehi Bookholane, and their youngest son visited Chicago and LSTC in August. Dr. Tsele currently serves as the South African ambassador to Jordan.


Marc D. Smith (Christ Seminary-Seminex, M.Div.) was ordained a priest at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Mo., on June 24, 2011. He serves as priestin-charge of The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Northwoods, Mo.

Richard Weaver (Christ Seminary-Seminex, M.Div.) entered into Bonds of Holy Matrimony with Ms. Darlene Thomay on August 12, 2011, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Appleton, Wis. The couple resides at 2214 Stahlwood Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.



Glenn W. Nycklemoe (D.Min.) is serving as

tor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, Ill., was named Volunteer of the Year for Stateville Prison in Joliet, Ill. For about three years, he and members of Redeemer have been going to the prison to pray and distribute "Free on the Inside" Bibles to prisoners. They have put more than 6,000 Bibles into prisoners’ hands. Nelson is working on a book to accompany the Bibles, Spiritual Survival Guide to Prison (and Beyond), with input from prisoners, former prisoners, family members and chaplains. It should be available by the end of the year. To find out more, contact Nelson at

1994 William Kirsch-Carr (M.Div., 1996, Th.M.) and his spouse, Lauren Kirsch-

1995 Arthur Bergren (M.Div.; 2007, D.Min.) received the State of Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Outstanding Clergy of the Year Award (2010) for his ministry to veterans in his parish and community. Dr. Bergren is pastor of First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, Ill., where he also serves as volunteer chaplain to the Illinois State Police, District 7.

Debra Leone (M.Div.) shared her path to ministry in an article that appeared in the July 30 Herald Banner, Greenville, Texas. She is serving as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville. 1997 Jaci Meade (M.Div.) married Phill Scott in 2008. Now affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC), Pastor Meade is growing a new UCC congregation, Not Yo Mamas Church, in Mesa, Ariz.

LSTC’s Global Mark Professor Arnfríður Guðmundsdóttir who studied at LSTC in the 1990s, was part of the team writing a new constitution for Iceland. The team included theologians, medical doctors, lawyers, political scientists, mathematicians, and others. Iceland is proud to have the oldest operating democratic parliament in the world, founded in AD 930.

Fred Nelson (M.A.; 1992, Th.M.; 2000, M.Div.), pas-


CLASS NOTES 2001 Seth Moland-Kovash (M.Div.) published “Preaching Helps for Proper 14–Proper 21” in Currents in Theology and Mission, (June, 2011). 2002 Amy Weigert (M.Div.) was installed on October 16 as associate pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Tinley Park, Ill. 2003 Nathan Montover (Th.M.; 2008, Ph.D.) published Luther’s Revolution: The Political Dimension of Martin Luther’s Universal Priesthood (Pickwick: Eugene, 2011) based on his dissertation. 2004 Harsha Kumar Kotian (Th.M.; 2008, Ph.D.) published his dissertation as the book Christo-normative Pluralism: A Critical Appraisal of the Works of Stanley Jones, Stanley Samartha and Paul Knitter (Delhi: ISPCK, 2011). Syafa’atun al-Mirzana (Th.M.; 2008, Ph.D.), published an English version of her book, When Mystic Masters Meet: Towards a New Matrix for Christian-Muslim Dialogue (New York, NY: Blue Dome Press) www. =sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8 &qid=1314024801&sr=1-1. Dr. al-Mirzana was LSTC’s first Muslim Ph.D. graduate. She is on the faculty of several institutions in Indonesia, and is a fellow at Georgetown University.

Katherine Shaner (Lutheran Year), has been appointed assistant professor of New Testament at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y. She is currently a candidate for the doctor of theology degree at Harvard Divinity School where her scholarly specialization is in New Testament and Early Christian History. Her doctoral dissertation, titled "Religious and Civic Lives of the Enslaved: A Case Study of Roman Ephesos," was a finalist in the Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship Award from the Society of Biblical Literature. 2006 Linda O. Norman (M.Div.) has been appointed ELCA Treasurer by the Church Council. Norman has worked for the ELCA churchwide organization since 2006, first as controller and then as chief financial officer for the ELCA Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s of science degree in accounting from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She became a CPA in 1999. She served as a pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church, Chicago, from 2006–2009. 2007 Robert Cady Saler (M.Div.; 2009, Th.M.; 2011, Ph.D.) was ordained October 8 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Gary, Ind. Bishop Willam Gafkjen presided. Saler has been called as Bethel’s pastor. He is also a visiting lecturer in theology at LSTC.

2009 Justin Eller (M.Div.) and spouse, Kari, made visits to ELCA congregations supporting their ministry in Bolivia. They are ELCA missionaries offering support to the Iglesia Evangélica Luterana Boliviana (IELB). Their website is Jennifer Renema (M.Div.) married Christopher Kiefer on September 10, 2011, at St. James Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. Patrick Shebeck (2007, M.Div.) preached and Pastor Jerry Spice (1975, M.Div.) presided. Jen and Chris live in Lawrence, Kan., where Jen is associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Jennifer Renema and Christopher Kiefer

2010 James Andrews (M.Div.) was ordained on October 16 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Worth, Ill. Bishop Bruce Burnside of the SouthCentral Synod of Wisconsin presided. Jim has been called as pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church, Chicago.


Daniel Kuckuck (M.Div.) was ordained August 27, 2011, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Fredericksburg, Va. Bishop James F. Mauney presided. Pastor Kuckuck is serving as associate pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa. 2011 Erich Hartenberger (M.Div.) was ordained August 28 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, N.M. Bishop Bruce Burnside presided. Hartenberger has been called to serve as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Leland, Wis., and Zion Lutheran Church, Rock Springs, Wis. Rebecca Sheridan (M.Div.) was ordained September 24 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb. Bishop David deFreese presided. Sheridan has been called to serve as pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church of Swede Home in Stromsburg Neb., and of Zion Lutheran Church in Benedict, Neb.

IN MEMORIAM Willis F. Erickson 1923–2011 Augustana Class of 1948 Pastor Willis Erickson served congregations in Roseburg, Ore.; Spokane, Wash.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Austin Texas; and Green Valley, Ariz. He also served as assistant director of evangelism for the Augustana Synod in Minneapolis, and as executive secretary for the Texas-Louisiana Synod. He retired from the ELCA in 1988. In retirement, he and spouse, Virgie, continued their ministry with assignments in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Otjimbingwe, Namibia. Pastor Erickson also held leadership positions with the Association of Lutheran Older Adults (ALOA) and the Lutheran Church Library Association (LCLA). Pastor Erickson died on July 4 at Westminster Manor, Austin, Texas. He is survived by Virgie, his wife of 60 years; his daughters and their partners/spouses, and a grandson and his fiancé. A celebration of his life and a memorial service were held July 11 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Austin. David D. Lundgren 1930–2011 Augustana Class of 1957 Pastor David Lundgren died on July 29 at the age of 80. He had served congregations in Lafayette, Minn.; Warren, Ore.; Enumclaw, Wash.; Clovis and Fresno, Calif. He worked to combine his final three parishes into a single ELCA congregation. Our Saviors, Fresno, continues to thrive. Pastor Lundgren also devoted considerable time to helping the mentally ill and elderly. Pastor Lundgren is survived by his wife, Audrey, three sons

and their families, including five grandchildren. A memorial service was held August 20 at the Davis Community Church, Davis, Calif. Kenneth R. McKnight 1939–2011 LSTC Class of 1965; D.Min., 1977 Pastor Kenneth R. McKnight served several congregations during his 39 years of ministry. At age 60 he surprised family and friends by leaving a prestigious congregation to become the planter and founder of Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley, Ill. He is remembered for his tireless work ethic, his passion for outreach and community service, and his gifts for youth and confirmation ministries. Pastor McKnight served on the boards of directors of LSTC, Augustana College, and the board of governance of Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill. After retiring in 2004, he and his wife, Holly, moved to a home built for them by their son. After being diagnose with prostate cancer, he and Holly spent months traveling to remote places around the world, including a pole-to-pole cruise from Iceland to Antarctica on a small ship. Kenneth McKnight died on September 11, 2011, at home in Tabernash, Colo. A memorial service was held September 15 at Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church, Granby, Colo. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Holly, three sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren. Jonathan C. Nelson 1933–2011 Augustana Class of 1959 Known as a man of action, not a man of words, Jon Nelson’s minis-


try included civil-rights and peace protests. He went to jail many times because of his social justice and peace efforts. Born in St. Paul, Minn., and raised in Washington, D.C., and Duluth, Jon Nelson was ordained in 1959 and served parishes in Olympia, Wash., and Missoula, Mont. As a campus pastor at the University of Montana from 1966 to 1972, he developed one of the nation’s first black-studies programs. He was a campus minister at the University of Washington and retired from Central Lutheran Church, Seattle, in 1998. In 1972 Pastor Nelson helped draft a letter of apology to Native American tribes from Protestant and Catholic churches for violations of Native American religious practices. He was also involved with people with disabilities and was an advocate for gay rights. Every Monday, for more than 40 years, Pastor Nelson would go to the prison in Monroe, Wash., where he met with those incarcerated for life. He and his wife, Juni, had 14 children. Most started out as foster children and were adopted by the Nelsons. In 2009 the Nelsons received the Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Award from the Church Council of Greater Seattle. They were the first recipients of the award. Jon Nelson died of cancer on July 24 at his cabin in Sand Lake, Minn. He is survived by his wife, Juni and 13 children and three sisters. A service was held at Central Lutheran Church, Seattle, on September 17. Another memorial service was held at Monroe Correctional Center.


Members of LSTC Class of 1965 visit Tanzania by Richard and Janyce Olson In February and March 2011, seven members of the LSTC class of 1965 and their spouses traveled in the Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. Don and Eunice Fultz, coordinators for the St. Paul Synod-Iringa Partnership, planned the visit. They introduced the group to Tumaini University-Iringa, the Ilula Hospital, the Image Lutheran Secondary School, the local Huruma Orphanage for homeless or parentless children and other ecumenical ministries. Each pastor in the group preached at various outlying congregations or in the city at the cathedral or university. We were hosted in the congregations with an

overnight stay and much Tanzanian food. As we participated in a learning session on African Traditional Religion, the Wandering Shepherds missional work with the nomadic Maasi, and challenging crosscultural and ongoing insights in biblical understanding in the 21st century, the group recalled seminary studies which began in September 1961 and their theological travel over the past 50 years. Safari to the Ruaha National Park was an eye-opening drama of God’s creation and great fun. Read more details contributed by members of the group at Members of LSTC Class of 1965 pictured in Dar es Salaam. Front row from left: Dave Halmers, Jim Lundeen, Peter Simon Mwakatundu (driver and honorary graduate of LSTC ’65–note the LSTC shirt), Hal Nilsson, Rich Olson; Second row from left: Don Fultz, Ted Johns, Curt Haney

Members of LSTC Class of 1965 in Tanzania: From left: Jim and Ruth Lundeen. Rich and Janyce Olson, Marietta and Ted Johns, Don and Eunice Fultz, Hal Nilsson, Joyce and Dave Halmers, Margo Kerr (friend), Curt Haney

Free resources for LSTC Alumni When you were in seminary, you had access to one of the best theological libraries in North America–the JKM Library. One of the things that made JKM so good was its extensive periodical collection. In the last few years many of the journals became available online, so you could find, obtain and print out full-text articles from your home or office. The premier database for full-text online articles in religion is called ATLASerials or ATLAS. This database contains full articles from 140 major religion and theological journals, including Christianity Today, Christian Century, Interpretation, Worship, Lutheran Quarterly, Currents in Theology and Mission, and Zygon. JKM subscribes to ATLAS and so you have access to them all if you are a currently enrolled student. JKM (and LSTC/McCormick), through the auspices of The American Theological Library Association and Lilly Endowment, Inc., offer YOU, the alumni of LSTC, free access to ATLAS and all of its wonderful full-text articles for this academic year! It’s one of the benefits of being our alum! How can you participate? It’s simple: phone or email Barry Hopkins, associate librarian for Public Services, at 773-256-0738 or, for the username and password of ATLAS. Then, log on…and read.


TRANSITIONS (AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS) LSTC Board of Directors The Rev. Durk Peterson, a Congregational and Synodical Mission representative, completed his service on the board in May. Pastor Harvard Stephens Jr., is now a Congregational and Synodical unit representative on the board (he formerly represented Greater Milwaukee Synod). Ms. Sarah Stegemoeller is the board chairperson, Ms. Trina Glusenkamp-Gould is the vice chairperson, Mr. Clarence Atwood is the secretary, and Mr. Harry Mueller serves as treasurer. Sermons by board member Harvard Stephens Jr. are available on The Augustine Institute's website, http://www. The sermons were preached during the time Dr. Stephens served as Dean of Siebert Chapel at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis. Earlier this year, Dr. Stephens began a new call as senior pastor of Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands.


In 2010 Hampton was selected as on the Top 25 Contemporary Composers by the North Central American Choral Directors Association, saying, “[his] composition ‘Praise His Holy Name’ should be standard repertoire for choirs today and for the next 25 years.” His compositions and arrangements have been published by Augsburg Fortress Press, Choristers Guild, Earth Songs Publications and Hinshaw Music. As president of Dr. K.T. Productions, Inc., Hampton provides transcriptions of Black Gospel Music. He is the author of the book, Praise His Holy Name! And Other Songs in the Gospel Style.

Keith Hampton named director of LSTC Gospel Choir Conductor, composer, educator, and church musician Dr. Keith Hampton has been re-appointed as director of the LSTC Gospel Choir. Dr. Hampton served as director of the LSTC Gospel Choir from 1997 to 2001 and from 2005 to 2009 and is credited with the success of the LSTC Gospel Choir. His appointment began July 1, 2011. “We welcome Dr. Hampton’s return with much joy and appreciation,” said Patricia Bartley, founder of the LSTC Gospel Choir. The choir welcomes faculty, staff, students and singers from the Chicagoland area. Keith Hampton is director of the Chicago Community Chorus and serves as director of music at the Hillcrest Baptist Church, Country Club Hills, Ill. He has served as guest conductor and as a workshop clinician throughout the United States, Germany, Trinidad, and Africa. Hampton has taught students at every level, from pre-school through college.

Accomplishments Jessica Houston is part of the University of Chicago’s 2011-2012 Management Fellows Program for development/advancement professionals. The program, for a select group of advancement professionals, began in September and runs through June. Participants will learn how to direct a development/ advancement program through practice and theory and provides a network

of advisors to support their work efforts in the field. Dan Schwandt led a hymn festival at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, Wis., with his brother John on May 24. Dan led the closing Eucharist at the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians national conference in Seattle on August 3. He was also the principal musician for liturgies at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, FL, August 14–20. Scott Chalmers, director of admissions, participated in a graduate and professional schools panel at Valparaiso University on September 15. Panelists from law schools, seminaries and graduate programs made presentations and answered students' questions about applying to graduate schools. Chalmers helped organize a September 23 Wabash Center Consultation on Teaching Technology held at LSTC for faculty, staff and students. Steve Delamarter, professor of Old Testament at George Fox University, held sessions on online pedagogy and the challenge of emerging technologies.

Want to wear your LSTC pride? Remember your alma mater with T-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, caps, and much more available at LSTC’s e-apparel store, LutheranSchoolofTheologyatChicago.php or follow the e-apparel store link in the menu at the bottom of LSTC's web pages. Show your school spirit! Keith Hampton, at the piano, leads the LSTC Gospel Choir.


Fall 2011 semester at LSTC

Clockwise from top: Students re-enact “Snowmageddon!"!” the Chicago snowstorm that shut down LSTC (and much of Chicago) February 2-3, 2011; Professor of New Testament Barbara Rossing preached in chapel on Holy Cross Day; senior M.Div. student Carolyn Philstrom blesses Middler Zak Wagner’s dog, Wolfgang, during the annual blessing of the animals service; officers of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), Carl-Eric Gentes, Crystal Silva-McCormick, and Prince Vehamonickam Rajamony, planning GSA activities for the semester; and Cantor to the Seminary Daniel Schwandt leads the LSTC Cantorei at the October hymn festival, A Time for Singing.

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30 1:30 p.m. Screening of Montgomery to Memphis for African Descent Heritage Month

December 4 7:00 p.m. Advent Choral Vespers – Chapel Music Series 9 Fall Semester ends

February African Descent Heritage Month – Slave Routes: Crossing Oceans 12 Salaam Shalom Project at Celebration! Center of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Naperville, Ill. For details visit activities/coming_events.php. 19 7:00 p.m. Bobby Schiff Trio – Chapel Music Series Concert 19–21 Seminary Sampler— go to or email

January 8 4:00 p.m. Bach for the Sem at Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, Ill. Tickets available by calling 773-256-0712. 9 J Term classes begin 9 Online conversation, “What Are Scholars Saying about the Gospels?” begins. To register email leadershipconference@lstc. edu or call 773-256-0741. 16 The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Worship and Luncheon. For details visit multicultural-center/events/. 30 Spring semester courses begin

March Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month – A Region of Islands and Rivers; see events/ for details.

11 Interfaith Visual Art Event see activities/coming_events.php 19 Leadership Lectures, “Identity and Context” by the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber and the Rev. Dr. Linda Thomas. See www.lstc. edu/events/conferences/leadership-series/ for details or to register. 20 “The Role of Business in a Faith-Based Organization” halfday free workshop led by faculty of the Valparaiso University Graduate School of Business. To register, email or call 773-2560741. 26 11:30 a.m. The Lutheran Heritage Lecture by Dr. Oswald Bayer

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LSTC Epistle, Fall 20111, Vol. 41, No. 3  

Magazine of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago