Craig Van Gelder
Mary Jane Haemig
Craig Van Gelder, professor of congregational mission, led a workshop at the Mission 2011 Conference of the North American Nazarene Church in Louisville, Ky., in February. He led three plenary sessions on biblical and theological perspectives on the creation of the church by the Spirit at the Rebuilding the Remnant Conference at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in January. He gave a keynote address on "Identity: The Real Challenge of Communication" at the Communication Church Conference in Jefferson City, Tenn., in November. He gave a plenary address on "Developing a Missional Identity as a Leader: Thinking Historically and Theologically about Leadership Formation" at the New Church Leadership Institute of the United Methodist Church--Pacific Northwest in October.
Andrew Root, assistant professor of youth and family ministry, appeared on Doug Pagitt's AM950 radio show in January. In-studio video can be viewed at www.ustream.tv.
Eric D. Barreto, assistant professor of New Testament, presented "A Citizen of Rome?: The Negotiation of Paul's Ethnic Identities in Acts 16:16-40" at the Upper Midwest Regional AAR/SBL/ASOR meeting in St. Paul, Minn., in April. He presented "Acts and/or Hechos?: Rethinking Race, Ethnicity and Biblical Studies" and "Negotiating Identities upon Timothy's Body: Circumcision, Multiculturalism and Jewish Identity" in November at the SBL Annual Meeting in New Orleans. He contributed "Closed: A Historical Commitment" to the Fall 2009 issue of Word & World; and "Puerto Ricans" and "Hispanic Theological Initiative" to "Hispanic American Religious Cultures" (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He taught at Judson Memorial Baptist Church in Minneapolis in March, February and December and at First Presbyterian Church in Hudson, Wis., in January.
Terence E. Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament, made a presentation at the Akeda conference at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., in April. He was the Theta Phi lecturer at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., in March. He was lecturer and resident biblical theologian at an annual conference of Presbyterian senior pastors in Chapel Hill, N.C., in January. He presented a paper at a conference on the Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness at Emory University in Atlanta, in December.
Mark A. Granquist, associate professor of church history, gave a historical workshop and preached at Zion Lutheran Church in Long Valley, N.J., for its 250th anniversary. He did an educational presentation at First Lutheran Church in Lake City, Minn., for its 140th anniversary. He preached at East Koshkonong Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Wis., for its 165th anniversary.
Rolf A. Jacobson, '91, associate professor of Old Testament, gave keynote addresses at the Northwest Minnesota Synod Theological Conference, the La Crosse Area Synod Theological Conference, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Manitoba/Northwest Ontario Leadership Day and the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod Learning Ministry Day. He contributed to the books "Images and Prophecy in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean" (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010) and "An Introduction to the Study of Religion" (Saint Mary's Press).
Amy E. Marga, assistant professor of youth and family ministry, did adult forums at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minn., and Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
Sarah S. Henrich, professor of New Testament, spoke at Drawn to the Shepherd: Immersed in the Word 2010 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minn., in March.
Tom Jolivette, '80, philanthropic adviser, was named vice president for Seminary Relations and executive director of the Luther Seminary Foundation.