Jon V. Anderson ’85 M.Div. joined Luther Seminary in September as its director of rural ministry. He previously served as bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Mary Hess, professor of educational leadership, was interviewed by In Trust magazine about distributed learning and the pandemic. She also wrote an article on white anti-racism for the University of St. Michael’s College InsightOut blog and gave a presentation to the Religious Education Association on trauma-informed pedagogy in online spaces. She recently delivered a paper presentation and responded to a keynote lecture for the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values titled “Religious educators engaging context collapse in a digital era.”
Cameron Howard, associate professor of Old Testament, wrote “The Old Testament for a Complex World: How the Bible’s Dynamic Testimony Points to New Life for the Church,” which was published by Baker Academic in June.
Katie Langston ’21 M.Div., Faith+Lead’s director of digital strategy, was featured in the August 2021 issue of Living Lutheran magazine about her memoir, “Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace.”
Karoline Lewis ’94 M.Div., director of the Doctor of Ministry program, associate professor, and Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching, was the keynote presenter for both the Alberta and Saskatchewan synod conventions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. She also served as the Speakman Chair of Preaching and Bible study leader at the Bible and Music Conference at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center. She recently published the article “A Gospel Homiletic” with the Society of Biblical Literature, a Festschrift in honor of Gail R. O’Day.
Mary Ann Teske, catalog and collection management librarian, and Bruce Eldevik ’89 M.A., former reference and special collections librarian, contributed a chapter titled “Hogwarts in Minnesota: The History, Description, and Impact of Special Collections at Luther Seminary” to the book “Preserving the Past, Engaging the Future: Theology and Religion in American Special Collections” published by the American Theological Library Association. [Pictured: Professor and Elva B. Lovell Chair of Old Testament Kathryn Schifferdecker explores texts in Luther Seminary’s rare book room in September.]
Tom Witt, chapel office staff and chapel staff musician, agreed to serve as assembly worship coordinator for the Lutheran World Federation’s Thirteenth Assembly, to be held in September 2023 in Krakow, Poland. He will fulfill this role alongside his work at Luther Seminary.
Jennifer Wojciechowski ’18 Ph.D. was promoted to assistant professor of church history and is publishing an article titled “The Minneapolis League of Catholic Women: Engaging in the Larger World,” in the Fall 2021 issue of Minnesota History.