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LTSP Notes – June 2016

Welcome New Staff

Mercedes LeeMercedes Lee has joined LTSP’s enrollment services staff as an admissions counselor with primary responsibility for working with our non-Lutheran students. In the past, Mercedes has worked as a marketing content writer and an online radio show host, and brings to LTSP experience  in communications, marketing, advertising ,and university relations. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications: Broadcast Journalism from Lincoln University. Mercedes is an active member of Crossroads Evangelistic Church in Germantown, where she serves on the Praise and Worship Team, Youth Ministry, and as a Missional Community Leader. In August 2015, Mercedes began studies for a Master of Divinity at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. You can reach her at 215-248-6304 and at

Karol MasonKarol A. Mason has been appointed Executive Assistant and Director of Advancement Operations at LTSP. Karol is a fundraising and communications strategist with over 20 years of progressive nonprofit leadership experience in human services, arts/culture, and higher education organizations. Her areas of expertise include corporate and foundation relations, grant writing, public relations, and strategic communications. Karol holds an MS in Fundraising and Grantmaking from New York University, an MA in Mass Communications from Towson University, and a BS from Morgan State University in Telecommunications. Karol is an active member of Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, where she serves on the Praise and Worship Team, the Chancel Choir, PRISM Ministry, Drama Ministry, and the Capital Campaign Committee. In August 2015, Karol began studies for an MDiv at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. You can reach her at 215-248-6316 and at

Farewell and Godspeed

The Rev. Dr. Kevin MoroneyThe Rev. Dr. Kevin J. Moroney

General Theological Seminary in New York has appointed the Rev. Dr. Kevin J. Moroney as Associate Professor of Liturgics. Dr. Moroney has taught at LTSP for a number of years as Visiting Assistant Professor of Biblical languages, Liturgical Studies, Spiritual Formation, and Anglican Studies.

Dr. Derek Woodard-Lehman

DerekWoodard-Lehman1-web-crop2Two years ago, Dr Derek Woodard-Lehman came to LTSP after completing his doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary as a Louisville Fellow, a program developed by the Louisville Institute to fund recent doctorate holders to allow them to serve for two years while being mentored in a teaching context, putting skills including their theological training and pedagogical expertise into practice, while, at the same time, continuing their service to the church and the academy through their scholarship and publications.

Dr Woodard-Lehman has been an active and engaged member of our faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics, teaching courses in his field. His wisdom, clarity, provocative questions, and skillful pedagogy have enriched the work of both students and colleagues. His passionate commitment to the importance of good theological thinking for the everyday lives of our communities and world has shaped our school for the better.

We are very happy that he has now accepted a position in New Zealand at the University of Otago, where he has been appointed Lecturer in Theology and Public Issues. In addition, as a Member of the Center for Theology and Public Issues, his work will include not only research and teaching, but civic engagement and advocacy with the Center.
We want to wish him and his family the very best as they prepare for this move and also thank the Louisville Institute for having made possible the multifarious contributions made by this promising and dynamic young scholar to our community and beyond.

– Dean J. Jayakiran Sebastian

Faculty Updates

KatieDay2-2015-web200The Rev. Dr. Katie Day | The Charles A. Scheiren Professor, Church and Society and Director, Metropolitan/Urban Concentration

Completed co-editing the Brill Companion for Public Theology with Sebastian Kim and wrote two chapters: “Introduction to Public Theology” and “Social Cohesion and the Common Good: Drawing on Social Science in Understanding the Middle East.” The volume contains 21 chapters from public theologians from six continents on a wide variety of dimensions of public theology from a global perspective. It will be “launched” at the meeting of the Global Network for Public Theology in Stellenbosch, South Africa in October.

Served on a panel discussion followed by a choir concert at the Episcopal Cathedral in Philadelphia on “Race Matters: Singing Across the Color Line.” (April)

Presented on “Holocaust Leadership in the Changing Landscape of Theological Education” at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC (April)

Participated in the leadership for a study of urban ministry and implications for theological education, including the culminating consultation at New York Theological Seminary: “Cities as Sacred Spaces: Urban Aspirations and Theological Education for the 21st Century” in May.

In June, I stepped down as Chairperson of Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence after almost 4 years. However, I will continue my research on God and Guns in my upcoming sabbatical.


NelsonRivera-2015-web200The Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera | Associate Professor, Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry and Director, Latino Concentration

Article on “Luther in Spanish” published in the Lutheran Quarterly, the Spring 2016 issue.

Article on “Spirit in the World: Cry and Comfort” published in the Seminary Ridge Review, the Spring 2016 issue (pdf).

Attended the first meeting as new member of the ELCA Theological Roundtable, in Chicago, May 6-7, 2016.


Prof. Karyn WisemanThe Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman | Associate Dean for First Theological Degrees, Associate Professor of Homiletics, and Director of United Methodist Studies

Preaching and Teaching

April 24 and May 8 – taught Adult Forums at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church on the “Dubious Characters that God used in the Bible”

May 14-15 – Preached four services at Gloria Dei Church, Huntingdon Valley, PA

May 22 – Preached for Pastor Skip McDowell’s retirement service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ardmore, PA


Working on a book throughout this sabbatical semester.

Book Review for Homiletic Journal – Cody J. Sanders and Angela Yarber, Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting The Hidden Violence of Everyday Church


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