JULY 23-25, 2014


Dorothy C Bass | Kelly Chatman | Rolf Jacobson | David Lose | Lois Malcolm | Rodger Nishioka | John RobertoAmy Thompson Sevimli | Daniel Taylor | Deanna A Thompson | Laura Truax

Dorothy C. Bass, Director, Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith

Dorothy C. Bass led the teams that created "Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People;" "Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens;" and, for young adults, “On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life." She has also convened teams of pastors and theological educators to author "Practicing Theology" and "For Life Abundant." She explored the Sabbath and other practices in "Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time." She is a member of Christ Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Valparaiso, Ind.


Kelly Chatman, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

In addition to serving as pastor, Kelly Chatman is director for Redeemer’s non-profit entity, Redeemer Center for Life. Chatman also serves as adviser to the bishop for the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA. From 1995 to 2001, Chatman served as director for Youth Ministries for the ELCA. Chatman serves on the board for Youthprise. He formerly served on the boards of Camp Amnicon, Aeon Affordable Housing Development, Cookie Cart, Gustavus College Trustee, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Wheat Ridge Ministries Foundation and Youth Community Connections. Chatman is a Princeton Theological Benjamin E. Mays Fellow with the Fund for Theological Leadership and 2006 recipient of the Luther Seminary Race, Church and Change Award. He was awarded Portland Public School’s volunteer of the year in 1992, the mayor of Portland’s citizen of the year and the 2003 recipient of the Tom Hunstad Award for distinguished leadership in Youth and Family Ministry.



Rolf Jacobson, Associate Professor, Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Rolf Jacobson joined the Luther Seminary faculty as assistant professor of Old Testament in July 2003. Jacobson earned his bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. in 1987. He holds a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary (1991) and a doctor of philosophy degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. (2000). His teaching interests include the Psalms, Old Testament prophets, biblical poetry, biblical theology, and biblical narrative.



David Lose, Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary

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 the author of "Making Sense of Scripture" (2009) and "Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World" (2003). His teaching interests include preaching, biblical interpretation, and the relevance of Martin Luther's theology for a postmodern world.




Lois Malcolm, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary

Lois Malcolm joined the Luther Seminary faculty in 1994 as assistant professor of systematic theology and became an associate professor in the fall of 1999. She has a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Chicago (1998), an M.A. in theology from Luther Seminary (1989), an M.A. in applied linguistics from the University of Minnesota (1985), and was a magna cum laude graduate of Bethel College (1981). She has published articles in theology and linguistics journals and presented papers at regional and national levels in the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics.




  Rodger Nishioka, Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, Columbia Theological Seminary

While Rodger Nishioka teaches in the area of Christian education and practical theology, he specializes in ministry with youth and young adults. He completed a research project comparing the participation of young adults in mainline Protestant congregations and non-denominational independent Christian movements. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia, Nishioka served for 12 years as denominational staff in youth and young adult ministry for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Nishioka received his undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University, his master’s degree in theological studies from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, a Doctor of Divinity degree from Austin College and his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He has published several articles, chapters and books largely focused on ministry with youth and young adults and the educational ministry of the church as spiritual formation.




John Roberto, President, LifelongFaith Associates


John Roberto is editor of the journal Lifelong Faith, works as a consultant to churches and organizations, teaches courses and conducts workshops in faith formation and has authored books and program manuals about faith formation. John works on the Vibrant Faith Ministries team as coordinator of and leader of the three-day Vision and Practice of 21st Century Faith Formation training program. His latest publications include “Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century” (2014); “Generations Together: Caring, Celebrating, Learning Praying, and Serving Faithfully” (co-authored, 2014); and “Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith” (2010).



 Amy Thompson Sevimli, Assistant to the Bishop, Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod, ELCA

Before she was called to her current synod, Amy Thompson Sevimli served as associate pastor at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church in Arlington, Va. She has a passion for connecting with those longing for God but not finding that longing filled in a church. She also deeply loves the church. Thompson Sevimli has a Master of Sacred Theology from the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg, a Master of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University.


Daniel Taylor, Writer, Co-Founder, The Legacy Center

Daniel Taylor (Ph.D., Emory) is the author of ten books, including "The Myth of Certainty;" "Letters to My Children;" "Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories;" "Creating a Spiritual Legacy," and, most recently, "The Skeptical Believer: Telling Stories to Your Inner Atheist." He speaks frequently at conferences, colleges, retreats, and churches on a variety of topics. Dr. Taylor is also cofounder of The Legacy Center, an organization devoted to helping individuals and organizations identify and preserve the values and stories that have shaped their lives. He is a contributing editor for Books and Culture. Website:




Deanna A. Thompson, Professor of Religion, Hamline University

Deanna has won awards by colleagues and students alike at Hamline University for her teaching and scholarship. A frequent speaker on how we talk about the toughest times in life in the context of faith and hope, Thompson is also the author of numerous articles and three books, including a theological commentary on Deuteronomy, "Hoping for More: Having Cancer, Talking Faith and Accepting Grace" (Cascade, 2012) and "Crossing the Divide: Luther, Feminism and the Cross" (Fortress, 2004).


Laura Sumner Truax, Senior Pastor, LaSalle Street Church

LaSalle Street Church is a non-denominational church in downtown Chicago with a long tradition of uniting individual faith in Christ with God's call for justice and compassion lived out in the world. Sumner Truax is the author of "Undone: When coming apart puts you back together" (InterVarsity Press, August 2013). Truax holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies with an emphasis in spirituality and a Master of Divinity degree. She serves as a teaching pastor for the University of Chicago.