Story Magazine - Second Quarter, 2007

Karoline Lewis Joins Faculty

Karoline Lewis joined the Luther Seminary faculty on July 1 as an assistant professor of preaching. "With a New Testament degree from Emory, rich pastoral experience, and a commitment to strengthening the church's proclamation, Karoline adds depth and breadth to Luther's emphasis on biblical preaching," said David Lose, Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Preaching.

"It's very much a calling to be back in the Luther community," said Lewis, who attended Luther at the same time as her sister and mother. "Those years at Luther were a very important part of my life and returning to Luther is an opportunity to give back to the community," she said.

Lewis brings a long family history to her new role. Her mother, husband, father, a sister, a brother-in-law, her uncle and a cousin graduated from Luther Seminary.

"This particular position is very exciting for me because I feel a strong sense of call to be in a situation where I am integrating the life of the church with the Bible," said Lewis. "I am committed to helping congregations see their lives through the lens of the biblical text," she explained. "I'm also very interested in the state of preaching in the larger church and how we might improve on and bring high quality to that preaching."

Lewis has been serving as an adjunct faculty member in the religion department at Augsburg College in Minneapolis since 2003. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Luther Seminary in the spring and fall of 2006. Lewis has a doctorate in New Testament, with outside emphases in Homiletics and Old Testament, from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She has contracted with Peter Lang Publishing to publish her book, 'Rereading the "Shepherd Discourse' Back Into the Fourth Gospel."