Christian Scharen
Director of Contextual Learning and Assistant Professor of Worship

Christian Scharen joined the Luther Seminary faculty as assistant professor of Worship in 2008. He spent the four years prior as Director of the Faith as a Way of Life Program at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture and Assistant Professor of Congregational Studies and Practical Theology (Adjunct) at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn.

While pursuing doctoral studies, Scharen served as a regular supply pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, East Point, Ga. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2001, Scharen was ordained and called to serve as senior pastor of First Lutheran Church of the Reformation, New Britain, Conn., a position he held until 2004. He has also served as research associate and lecturer at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta.

After receiving a certificate from College of Arts, Science and Technology, Kingston, Jamaica, in 1987, Scharen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash. (1989), a Master of Arts in Religion degree from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Calif. (1995), a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley (1996) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Emory University (2001).

Scharen is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Practical Theology, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics and is a visiting member of the North American Academy of Liturgy.

Scharen has published a number of books including "Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership" (Eerdmans) and "One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God" (Brazos) as well as a variety of popular and scholarly articles. Scharen currently has two titles in progress: "Embodying Care of Souls: Notes on an Apprenticeship in Ministry" and "Broken Hallelujahs: Thinking Popular Music Through the Cross" (Brazos).