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Marc Kolden

Marc Kolden

Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology

  • Ordained (ELCA (ALC))
  • M.A., Ph.D. (University of Chicago)
  • M.Div. (Luther Theological Seminary)


Marc Kolden joined the Luther Seminary faculty in 1981 as associate professor of systematic theology and was promoted to professor in 1989. He assumed the position of academic dean on July 1, 1996.

He was assistant professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary in 1973-78, before going to Helena, Mont., where he was associate pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and director of the Northern Rockies Institute of Theology from 1978 to 1981.

Earlier, he was instructor in theology at Hamma School of Theology in Springfield, Ohio (1971-73). He was ordained in 1978.

In related activities, Kolden has served on the ELCA Task Force on Confirmation Ministry (1989-93), the LCUSA Task Force on Evaluating Bilateral dialogues (1986-87), and the Lutheran World Ministries Task Force on Marxism (1979-83).

He earned the B.A. degree from Harvard in 1962, was graduated from Luther Theological Seminary in 1966, and received both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago (1969 and 1976).

He is the author of Christ Our Sure Foundation: Sermons for Pentecost (1995); Living the Faith (1992); Called and Ordained: Lutheran Perspectives on the Office of Ministry (co-authored and co-edited with Todd Nichol, 1990); and Called by the Gospel: An Introduction to the Christian Faith (1983).

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