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Class Notes – July 2015

Pastor Leah SchadeThe Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade MDiv 2000, PhD 2014  | Pastor, United in Christ Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Leah D. Schade’s new book, Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit will be published by Chalice Press on Sept. 8, 2015. The book is based on her dissertation developing a Lutheran ecofeminist Christology for preaching, and grounds readers in ecotheological hermeneutics, social movement theory, and homiletic theory, along with practical tips for preaching about Creation-care. Several sermons by the author are also included. (photo United in Christ Lutheran Church)


Pr. Roxi Kringle

The Rev. Roxi Kringle MDiv 1987, STM 2000 | Chaplain, Diakon Senior Living-Manatawny Manor, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

I began a new call as chaplain at Diakon Senior Living – Manatawny Manor, Pottstown, PA, in June 2015. (photo


Denise-Brown-225The Rev. Dr. Denise Brown MDiv 1986, DMin 2014 | Chaplain, Filling Memorial Home of Mercy, Napoleon, Ohio

The Rev. Dr. Denise Brown competed in the United States Masters 15K Open Water National Swimming Championships in Morse Lake located in Noblesville, Indiana. Pr. Brown completed in the swim in 4 hours 34 minutes, winning her age group by over 41 minutes.


Kevin Shock and Lisa BahrThe Rev. Kevin Shock MDiv 2006 | Pastor, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania

Kevin Shock and Lisa Bahr were united in marriage on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Pleasant Gap Pennsylvania. The presider was Rev. P. Stevens Lynn, senior pastor of Grace Lutheran in State College PA and friend of the bride and groom. Kevin is the pastor at St. Mark and also serves as Chaplain at The Oaks at Pleasant Gap, a site of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries, and as Dean of the Nittany Conference of the Allegheny Synod. Lisa serves as the Director of Operations of Centre County PAWS, an animal shelter in State College, where Kevin volunteers. They now reside in their new home in Howard PA with their four dogs: Dexter, Goodie, Luna, and Li’l Buster.


Byron-r325The Rev. Byron Schmid MDiv 1963 | retired

Last year I completed the first four sections of Reflections and Memories of a Life Journey. They relate to some basic reflections on life, the journey of my childhood through seminary as well as my wife’s life prior to our marriage, the journey of our family life including my professional work, and the journey in international continuing education and Holy Land pilgrimages. I printed a dozen copies of the 175-page text primarily for the benefit of our children and grandchildren. The text and some 4,000 photos and more than 200 professional documents are also on DVD.

This April I completed the fifth section, a compilation of all my information on the Schmid and Christen ancestral families. It contains revised and expanded histories of both families, along with nearly 600 documents and old family photographs. The updated genealogies have expanded both families by more than 50% over the numbers included in the 1990 book. In addition, there is a large section on the reunions, tours and travel of the past 25 years, including an additional 1,100 photos. The DVD also includes the old Swiss church records relating to the Schmid and Christen families that date from the late 1500s. Printing all of this information would require more than 10,000 pages.


Pr. Leslie ScanlonThe Rev. Leslie Scanlon MDiv 2012 | Pastor of Lutheran Church of Framingham, Framingham, Massachusetts

I will be leaving my first call at Lutheran Church of Framingham at the end of July, and will be begin my second call in middle of August at Grace Lutheran Church, Chesapeake, Virginia. (photo


Carol RowehlCarol Rowehl MAR 2008, STM 2014 | Adjunct Chaplain, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Carol Rowehl’s work in bringing chaplaincy to the veterinary field, which she explored in her STM thesis, was featured in the July 2015 issue of Veterinary Team Brief (pdf – may require creation of a free account to view). She is co-presenting on “Using Chaplains to Provide Spiritual and Emotional Support in the Veterinary Practice” on Sunday, August 9, 2015 online at and, and at the annual conference of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care in San Diego in October. You are invited to join the Facebook group “Veterinary Chaplains” and the LinkedIn group “Professional Veterinary Chaplains” to learn more and join the conversation.


The Rev. Dr. James GuntherThe Reverend Dr. James E. Gunther, BD 1959

The life of the Rev. Dr. James E. Gunther was memorialized in the Congressional record on June 20, 2015 in an entry entitled “Celebrating The Life, Legacy And Work Of Reverend Dr. James E. Gunther” by Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), in whose district Pr. Gunther served for almost four decades. Congressman Rangel began:

“Mr. Speaker, today I rise today to recognize and honor the life of Reverend Dr. James E. Gunther, the well respected Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ecumenist and an elder among African American Lutheran Pastors. I am honored to acknowledge the life and contributions of one of Harlem’s forward thinking religious leaders of the 21st century.”

Born in Philadelphia on May 5, 1932, Pr. Gunther died May 5, 2015 at his childhood home in Philadelphia. Educated in Philadelphia Public Schools, he continued his collegiate journey attending the University of Pennsylvania. He holds degrees from Philadelphia College of the Bible, Houghton College, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and Harvard University with studies in Psychology, Religion, Theology and Church and Society. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Wittenberg University and Susquehanna University.

Known as a “Poor, Humble, Parish Priest”, Gunther served for a brief period at Nativity Lutheran Church and Tabernacle Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, as a part of the Center City Lutheran Parish, before moving on to Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 70-74 West 26th Street, New York in the center of Harlem, where he served for 38 years retiring in 1998. A year later he was named Pastor Emeritus.

In addition to his congregational ministry, on the Executive council of the LCA and represented the church at the 1977 Sixth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation in Dar es Salaam, East Africa, working on the Statement on Human Rights and the Statement on South Africa. Gunther encouraged all that he met “To Think Globally While Acting Locally”. Hw was a member of the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) representing the LCA, along with serving many other local, national, and international faith and action organizations.

A Trustee of Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA; Wagner College, Staten Island, NY; and Muhlenberg University, Allentown, PA,. He also served as a Board Member of Augsburg Fortress Publishers, an Adjunct Professor at Christ Bible College, Malcolm King College (associated with Fordham University and Marymount-Manhattan College, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Survived by numerous cousins, a memorial service was held June 13, 2015 at Tabernacle Lutheran Church, 5843 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, in addition to the June 20, 2015 at Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 74 West 126th Street, New York, NY 10027 [Harlem], New York. The family requests that donations be made to The Harlem College Assistance Project, Inc., 470 Malcolm X Blvd. New York, NY 10037 or The African Lutheran Descent Archives, Lutheran Archive Center at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119.

Read the Congressional Record entry, New York Times obituary, and Philadelphia Tribune obituary. (photo New York Times)

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