Plenary at Mid-Winter Convocation

Mid-Winter Convocation


Keith Anderson

Pastor, Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, Ambler, PA

Keith is the author of “The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World” (Morehouse, 2015) and co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of “Click2Save: The Digital Ministry Bible” (Morehouse, 2012).

Keith is a popular author, blogger and speaker on how our digitally-integrated and networked culture shapes faith and the practice of ministry.



Michael Chan

Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Michael Chan joined the Luther Seminary Bible Division in July 2013. Prior to this appointment, he spent a year at the University of Helsinki, Finland and in many of the world’s greatest museums (the Louvre, the Hermitage, the British Museum, and the Pergamon Museum) doing research for his dissertation (“The City on a Hill:  Tradition-Historical Study of the Wealth of Nations Tradition”). Chan did his Ph.D. work under the supervision of Dr. Brent Strawn at Emory University in Atlanta. Full bio

Mary Hess

Professor of Educational Leadership, Luther Seminary and Patrick and Barbara Keenan Visiting Chair in Religious Education at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

Mary Hess joined the Luther Seminary faculty in July of 2000. Hess received her B.A. degree in American Studies in 1985 from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. She received her M.T.S. degree in 1992 from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. In 1998, she received her Ph.D. in religion and education from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Full bio)

Hollie Holt-Woehl

Intentional Interim Pastor, Minneapolis Synod and Adjunct professor, Luther Seminary

Hollie holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Care and Counseling with particular emphasis on the congregation. Her dissertation, “Congregations as Trinitarian Communities: Accepting, Welcoming and Supporting People with Chronic Mental Illness,” explores congregations that have welcomed people with mental illness into the life of the congregation. Ordained in 1993 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she has served congregations in rural, urban and suburban settings.

Patrick Keifert

Professor and Olin S. and Amanda Fjelstad Reigstad Chair of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary

Patrick has also been an adjunct professor at the School of Law, Hamline University, St. Paul, since 1984 and is currently president and Director of Research of Church Innovations Institute, a church related non-profit seeking to “innovate your church's capacities to be missional.”(Full bio)


Lois Malcolm

Professor of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary

Lois holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has taught at Luther Seminary since 1994. Malcolm grew up in the Philippines as the daughter of missionaries. (Full bio)



Scott Richards

Pastor, Gaylord, Minn

Scott serves a two-point parish in Gaylord, Minn. and is a Luther Seminary graduate. Once described by a family member as a “born again Lutheran,” Richards is a second career latecomer to the pastor party.



 Greg VanDunk, Pastor, Antonement Lutheran Church, Muskego, Wis.

VanDunk was the mission developer of All Peoples Church (ELCA) in Milwaukee, Wis. and served as Assistant Pastor of Epiphany Lutheran church in Dayton, Ohio. From 2003 to 2010 he was the “one day a week” ELCA Mission Director for the Greater Milwaukee synod.