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Inaugural Lectures and Resource Day

Inaugural Lectures and Resource Day

Monday, December 8, 2014
The Brossman Center on the LTSP campus


A compilation of stories and media from the Inauguration Weekend events will be in the December 16 PS Portions. Sign up for Portions here.

9:30 – 9:45 am Welcome and Introductions – Dr. David Lose
9:45 – 10:45 am Lecture 1 – Dr. Audrey West, followed by discussion
10:45 – 11:00 am Break
11:00 am – noon Workshops
12:00 – 12:30 pm
12:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm Lecture 2 – Dr. Andrew Root, followed by discussion
2:00 – 2:15 pm Closing Reflections – Dr. David Lose


About the presenters:

Dr. Audrey WestDr. Audrey West served from 2000-2008 as Associate Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where she continues to teach occasionally in the ACTS DMin in Preaching program. She holds a BS from the University of California, Davis, an MDiv and STM from Yale University, and a PhD from Duke University,

Her exegetical and homiletical essays have been published in Christian Century, Currents in Theology and Mission, Lutheran Woman Today, and in Feasting on the Word, a lectionary preaching resource published by Westminster John Knox. Audrey is the recipient of the Associated Church Press “Award of Excellence” for her 2004 study on the parables, “Everyday Surprises: The Parables of Jesus,” published by Lutheran Woman Today.  Dr. West is a regular contributor to

Dr. Andrew RoolAndrew Root, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross (Fortress, 2014) and Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker (Baker, 2014).  He has also written The Relational Pastor (IVP, 2013) as well as a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry (titles include Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry, Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry, and Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry).  In 2012  his book The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean, IVP, 2011) was Christianity Today Book of Merit.  He has written a number of other books on ministry and theology such as The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being (Baker Academic, 2010), The Promise of Despair (Abingdon, 2010), Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (IVP, 2007) and Relationships Unfiltered (Zondervan/YS, 2009).  Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies. Dr. Root’s website is at

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