Craig Van Gelder
Mary Jane Haemig
Paul S. Berge, '63, professor emeritus of New Testament, continues to serve as director of Vision Slovakia, a partnership ministry of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minn., with the Center for Christian Education in Martin, Slovakia. He and his spouse, Mary Ellen, taught vacation Bible school with elementary students in Martin. He presented a paper on Christian education at the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences World Congress at the University of Zilina in Slovakia.
Paul A. Daniels, archivist and curator, was elected to the office of secretary for the Archivists of Religious Collections Section of the Society of American Archivists.
Rolf A. Jacobson, '91, associate professor of Old Testament, served as the keynote speaker for the St. Paul Area Synod Assembly and for the South Central Wisconsin Synod Assembly. He delivered a lecture in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Book of Psalms section, titled "Imaging the Future of Psalms Studies." He lectured to first-call pastors of the Eastern North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota Synods of the ELCA at the Fabric of Mutual Ministry conference in Moorhead, Minn. He contributed "Learning Hebrew by Writing in English" to "Teaching Theology & Religion." He served as theologian-in-residence at Reformation Lutheran Church in Media, Pa.
Dwight Zscheile, '08, assistant professor of congregational mission and leadership, published "People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity" (Morehouse Publishing) and served as editor for "Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation" (Eerdmans).
Mark A. Granquist, associate professor of church history, contributed a chapter to "Norwegians and Swedes in the United States: Friends and Neighbors" (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011). He also presented "From Scripture to Icon: The King James Bible in America" at Manifest Greatness Colloquium: The Four Hundredth Anniversary of the King James Bible at the Wilson Library on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Kathryn M. Schifferdecker, associate professor of Old Testament, is the visiting preaching scholar at Como Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul for this academic year. She spoke at Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and at Colonial Church in Edina, Minn. She presented a paper titled "Preaching the Book of Job" at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Francisco. She was one of the keynote speakers at the Western Mission Network gathering at Spirit of the Desert Retreat Center in Arizona. She authored a piece titled "Faith and Football" for the religion page of the Huffington Post during the week of the Super Bowl. She is a contributing writer for a new preaching resource from Abingdon Press. She and Eric Barreto, assistant professor of New Testament, host a monthly podcast called "Bible Q&A" at EntertheBible.org.