Professor Terri Elton, dean of academic affairs, was called to serve as pastor of hybrid ministry at Lutheran Church of Peace in Maplewood, Minnesota, beginning in October 2022. This call is a quarter-time position that provides opportunities for experimentation and learning.
Elton will continue to serve as a professor and dean at the seminary with the support of key staff in the Office of Academic Affairs and Faith+Lead. In sharing the news with the seminary community, President Robin Steinke said, “What is exciting are the ways in which Professor Elton will be living out the realities of ministry that continue to shape our mission, vision, and values here at Luther. Her experiences in bivocational ministry will shape the way she leads as dean of academic affairs, and likewise, her practices here at Luther will inform her ministry at Lutheran Church of Peace.”
Prior to coming to Luther Seminary, Elton served 16 years at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville, Minnesota, and three years in the Saint Paul Area Synod. So, in many ways, this call brings Elton back to her roots in congregational ministry. Elton shared, “It is with humility and joy that I step into this call. I am so excited to join the Lutheran Church of Peace community and to see where the Spirit leads us. I believe serving God’s church in this way will enhance my leadership at both Luther Seminary and Lutheran Church of Peace.”