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Adam J. Copeland

Adam J. Copeland

Director of Stewardship Leadership


Adam Copeland joined the Luther Seminary faculty in July 2015 as director of stewardship leadership. Copeland previously taught at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he was Director for Faith and Leadership. He also served as Mission Developer of The Project F-M (now CounterSpace), a new mission start in Fargo-Moorhead, and as pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Hallock, Minnesota.

Copeland received the Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude with distinction in religion from St. Olaf College. He holds the Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in rhetoric from North Dakota State University, with a focus on new media and religion.

Ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2009, Copeland has served the national church as director of the Montreat College Conference and as a member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song that developed Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (2013).

Copeland is the editor of Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College (2014) and author of many book chapters including those on digital writing, contemporary ministry, and church leadership. His articles have appeared in Journal for Preachers, Hybrid Pedagogy, Word and World, and the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. He is a frequent contributor to The Christian Century magazine and a regular contributor to and Bearings from the BTS Center.

Copeland’s research interests include: stewardship, crowdfunding, new media and religion, church leadership, and digital culture. He is a regular conference speaker and guest preacher. His next book, Stewardship Made Whole: Faithful Stewardship for All of Life is under contract with Westminster John Knox Press.

Featured Work

A Broader Appeal: How Crowdfunding Inspires Creative Ministry

A Broader Appeal: How Crowdfunding Inspires Creative Ministry

The Christian Century magazine (May 27, 2015)

In this cover story for The Christian Century magazine (May 27, 2015), Copeland describes how congregations are experimenting with crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo not only to fund new ministry, but to imagine a new way of participating in God’s digital community.

A Broader Appeal: How Crowdfunding Inspires Creative Ministry

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