2011 Book of Faith Jubilee: Inspiring Everyday People to Engage the Bible
Dick Bruesehoff, Director of Lifelong Learning, ELCA
"Praying the Scriptures"
Pastor Dick Bruesehoff works with the network of lifelong learning partners, who provide learning and formation opportunities for rostered leaders and other congregational leaders. He is a founding member and part of the leadership team of the Grace Institute for Spiritual Formation, a two-year faith formation program. He has participated in the Academy for Spiritual Formation and the Shalem Institute Spiritual Guidance Program. He regularly leads retreats and offers spiritual direction. He previously served as assistant to the bishop for the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, as a parish pastor and on the staff of the Wisconsin Council of Churches.
Tim Coltvet, Coordinator of Contextual Learning and Coaching for Children, Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary
"Engaging God's Word Through Households of Faith"
Pastor Tim Coltvet has been an associate pastor in two vibrant Twin Cities congregations for more than 10 years. Currently, he enjoys walking alongside Luther Seminary CYF students as well as their congregations as they seek to foster healthy faith communities, especially in the first third of life.
Marlane Druckenmiller, Advocate, Book of Faith Initiative
"Brain Secrets for Engaging Scripture"
Marlane Druckenmiller is an associate in ministry who has served in seven congregations in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod during the past 30-plus years. She has a Bachelor of Science. in elementary education from Kutztown University and a masters in theological studies from Moravian Seminary with Lutheran study work at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Pennsylvania. Her passions are working with children, youth, and adults; exploring labyrinths around the world; hosting tea tasting programs; helping women explore the story of God; and keeping abreast of the latest brain and education research. She also volunteers with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod Faith Formation Team.
Tom Duke, Convener, St. Paul Interfaith Network, St. Paul, Minn.
"The Bible and the Qur'an"
Tom Duke previously served for 15 years as executive director of the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches. He formerly served as associate for strategic initiatives at Global Health Ministries, a Wesley Center fellow at Hamline University, director of community care resources and prevention programs at the Wilder Foundation and instructor of pastoral theology and ministry at Luther Seminary. An ordained clergy person of the ELCA (retired), he served as parish pastor at Bethlehem in-the-Midway in St. Paul. Tom has a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Minnesota and degrees from Andover Newton Theological School, Luther Theological Seminary and Capital University.
Bill Eisenmann, Visitation Pastor, Salem Lutheran Church, West St. Paul
"M&M: Midrash and Memoir in Study, Reading and Teaching the Bible"
Bill Eisenmann is a retired pastor who grew up reading, listening to and telling stories. As a pastor, he uses stories in his different areas of pastoral work. He enjoys telling stories to all ages in church and community groups, and to his grandchildren. He believes that stories are important in shaping and empowering children and adults for living in the world. He enjoys doing workshops to enable people to empower others and themselves through story. Puppets sometimes accompany him in the storytelling. His mission is to “tell stories to and conduct workshops for all ages that can empower them to live their lives in love and respect for themselves, others and the world.” For more information, visit www.storiesforliving.com.
Pat Taylor Ellison, Managing Director of Research and Development, Church Innovations
"Dwelling in the Word: A Deep Listening Experience for Groups of All Types"
Dr. Pat Taylor Ellison is as an accomplished consultant, trainer and curriculum designer who has taught for 40 years. She holds a Ph.D. in adult learning. At Church Innovations she conducts listening, training and analysis for congregational discovery, a process for congregations, schools and organizations that wish to self-study and discern their missional calling. This work happens in North America as well as in Europe and southern Africa. She helps develop user-friendly materials for congregations and mid-governing church bodies, and she assists a team of database designers in placing all of the gathered data from hundreds of congregations and other systems into Church Innovations’ massive interactive database, Church FutureFinder. Her consulting specialty is church conflict. Pat also wrote the successful textbook, “Business English for the 21st Century” (Prentice Hall), and four children’s novels, “The Pethia Series,” that raises the subject of death and resurrection.
Rashed Ferdous, Speaker, Islamic Resource Group
"The Bible and the Qur'an"
Rashed Ferdous is a speaker of the Islamic Resource Group, a Minnesota-based nonprofit educational organization. He is involved in various interfaith activities in the Rochester area, including Interfaith Habitat for Humanity, Rochester Area Interfaith Youth Core, Tent of Abraham Peace Walk, KSMQ weekly interfaith TV show "Diversity Connection: Faith Edition" and Rochester mosque open house. Ferdous teaches at Rochester Islamic School on Sundays and is a religious volunteer at federal and state prisons. He is a student of Sharia Academy of America and is pursuing a Ph.D. at University of Minnesota.
Nancy Lee Gauche, Program Associate for Children, Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary
"Living and Learning the Word: Engaging Children 0-12 Years Old in the Book of Faith!"
Pastor Nancy Lee Gauche was the pastor of family and children ministry for 10 years at Prince of Peace in Burnsville, Minn., where she developed and delivered frontline discipleship ministry for 600 families to provide ministry for 1,400 young people aged 0-sixth grade. She created and developed intergenerational events to support parents as well as young people in their faith development and on the journey of discipleship. Gauche also teaches classes in marriage, parenting and leadership development through small groups, retreats and class settings.
Diane Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary; Director, Book of Faith Initiative, ELCA
"Here We Stand: Between Fundamentalism and Secularism, Lutheran Insights on Reading the Bible"
Diane Jacobson came to the Luther Seminary faculty as an assistant professor in 1982, and was promoted to associate professor in 1990. In 1999, she became professor of Old Testament. She has served as chair of the biblical division (1993-1996) and associate dean of MA/MSM programs (1997-2006). She previoiusly taught at New York Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary, New York. Jacobson is a Phi Beta Kappa magna cum laude graduate of Connecticut College, New London (1970). She holds an M.A. degree from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary(1975) and Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. degrees from Union (1982 and 1990). She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and an ELCA Associate in Ministry. She is the co-author of "A Beginner's Guide to the Bible" (1991) and numerous articles on such topics as wisdom, creation and psalms. In addition, she has written multiple Bible studies.
David Lose, The Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary
"Making Sense of Scripture"
David J. Lose joined the Luther Seminary faculty in July of 2000 as assistant professor of homiletics. In May 2005, he received the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching and was named Academic Dean in June of the same year, a post he held through 2008. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate (1988) of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and holds the Master of Divinity (1993) and Master of Sacred Theology (1997) degrees from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He earned his doctorate in homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary (2000). Ordained in 1993, Lose served three ELCA congregations in New Jersey between 1993 and 2000. He currently serves as the Director of the Center for Biblical Preaching. Lose is the author of "Making Sense of Scripture" (2009), a book that helps everyday Christians read the Bible with greater understanding and enjoyment, and "Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World" (2003).
Mary Lowe, Assistant Professor of Religion, Augsburg College
"Reading the Bible in and with the Holy Spirit"
Mary Elise Lowe helps others articulate their beliefs, bringing them into conversation with the theological and biblical traditions of Christianity to see how they live out their beliefs in their daily lives. Her teaching and research focus on contemporary theology—particularly theological anthropology—with special attention to new views of the human person, sin and human sexuality. Lowe brings the insights of Martin Luther’s thought into conversation with emerging theology in critical and creative ways. She has written several articles and is the author of "The Human Subject and Sin: The Anthropology of Pannenberg, Ruether and Fulkerson."
Paul Lutz, Pastor, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Princeton Junction, N.J.
"Storytelling as Biblical Engagement in a Digital Culture"
Paul Lutz is a member of the New Jersey Synod Council’s evangelism and discipleship teams. He currently serves on the churchwide Book of Faith Initiative planning team as an advocate mentor and as the New Jersey Synod Book of Faith advocate. Before moving to New Jersey in 2003, Pastor Lutz served as the associate director of adult education in the Division for Congregational Life of the ELCA in Chicago. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, a masters in Christian education from Boston College, and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education Ministry program at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.
Diane Shallue, Director, Christian Education and Small-Group Ministries, University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis; President, Lutheran Association of Christian Educators
""No-Prep Bible Study Method"
Diane E. Shallue has been an adjunct instructor at Luther Seminary for 10 years, teaching in the areas of intergenerational ministry and educational leadership. She created the No-Prep Bible Study method to use in her congregation and has used it successfully for two years.
Linda Staats, Assistant to the Bishop for Youth and Household Ministry, Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA
"Book of Faith for Households of Faith"
A practical theologian, Linda Staats is a passionate speaker and national workshop leader for passing on faith through the church-home connection, cross-generational and milestones ministry. Staats believes storybook Bibles are the best Bibles for people of all ages to learn and live the biblical narrative. She serves on the Book of Faith Advocate Leadership team and was a course dean and narrator for the video "Equipping Households of Faith." Staats holds a M.S. degree in human development and the family.
Scott Tunseth, ELCA Pastor; Director of Adult Resources, Congregational Life and Learning, Augsburg Fortress
"Bible Fluency and Adults: New Challenges and New Solutions"
Scott Tunseth and his team are responsible for the development of Book of Faith resources, the Lutheran Study Bible and many other resources for adult study in the church. In his more than 20 years of church publishing, Tunseth has also served as development editor of The Learning Bible (American Bible Society), developer of the “Lutheran Voices” book series and publisher of Augsburg Books and Fortress Press.