Class Notes – September 2015
The Rev. Gordon Simmons MDiv 1971 | retired
Known as the cycling pastor while serving at Mt. Airy’s Reformation Lutheran Church, Pr. Simmons was highlighted in an article in Montgomery Newspapers‘ area editions, including the Mount Airy Times Express and West Oak Lane Leader, on the publication of his book, Sermons from a Pedaling Preacher, collected during his 19 years at Reformation. Now retired, Pr. Simmons last served at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Wallingford, PA.
The 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 was 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.
From the publisher’s site: “In Creation-Crisis Preaching, Leah Schade provides both a compelling case for, as well as a fully developed guide to, preaching on creation. Writing as a Lutheran pastor, feminist theologian, and ardent environmentalist, Schade plumbs the depths of history, theology, and homiletics to help preachers provide their hearers with a new frame of reference by which to enter into a deeper relationship with God’s good Creation and, ultimately, each other.” —David Lose, president, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and author of Preaching at the Crossroads
The Rev. Ed Kay MDiv 2007 | Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lutherville, Maryland
Lots of change! Change in family – my wife and I are finalizing our divorce after being married 13 years. I also just changed calls, as of August 17, 2015, from the Delaware-Maryland Synod office as an Assistant to the Bishop to the pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lutherville, MD.
The Rev. Edward Schreiber MDiv 1973 | Pastor, Atonement Lutheran Church, Saugerties, New York
Having served three churches in the Metropolitan New York Synod – Epiphany Lutheran Church in Hempstead, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Cambria Heights, and Atonement Lutheran Church in Saugerties, – I retired from the ministry on Sunday, September 13. My wife Mary retired from Rondout Valley High School in Accord, New York, at the end of June after 43 years teaching math. Mary and I will be moving to Topsham, Maine, in mid-September to live in a house built for us at Highland Green, an association of people from all around the country. We have a summer cottage in northeast Pennsylvania which we will maintain as well.
I am thankful for the theological education I received at LTSP, especially for the professors I had (and please correct any spelling mistakes if I make them) – Martin Heineken, William Lazareth, Lyman Lundeen, Foster McCurley, Theodore Tappert, Robert Bornemann ( he taught us Hebrew and OT theology along with Foster). Bill Lazareth was the president of Metro NY Synod when the church I now serve in Saugerties had an arson-related fire. I’ve often used prayers by Soren Kierkegaard which Martin began classes with (sorry to end a sentence that way). Many people can’t believe I still translate from the Hebrew texts to do sermons. Lyman came and preached at one of my installations. I’ve always used text books I got at seminary for sermons and bible studies. We used to go to the tavern across the street from seminary to have pickled eggs and drinks, and I think it was Bob Bornemann who loved Old Fashioned mixes, which he taught me to make. It’s what I loved about Phillie, not to mention the Black Banana restaurant in South Phillie which Mary and I often frequented. You asked for thoughts, and that’s what I have to offer. To all I got to know as classmates, let me know where you are. Paul Britton came and did a closing Compline service at my retirement event at Atonement on August 22. Paul was at seminary when I was, and he had churches near where I was and am in Metro NY Synod. One more thing – my internship was at Grace Lutheran Church in West Philadelphia, and Ed Miller was also part of that internship. Our intern supervisor was Paul Hagedorn. His wife is a volunteer at the NPR radio station WJFF in Jeffersonville, NY, and I listen to her all the time. All these thoughts might create re-connections, so I’d appreciate knowing and reading about them. (EdwrdSchreib@aol.com) photo Saugerties Times 2013
The Rev. Carl W. Ames MDiv 1992 | Pastor, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Huntington, West Virginia
Son Devin starts St. Olaf College in September with a joint Religion/Physics major. Daughter Paula is a sophomore at Cabell Midland High School. Serving in WV WMD Synod now for 4 1/2 years. Wife Kathy alumna of St. Olaf and staying busy with daughter who is in band at Cabell Midland. Just finished fourth time as Interim Pastor while also serving as full time pastor. Serving Community Lutheran Partners, our scaled down version of LSS, as board member and Partners in Care Board, works with WV National Guard along with Catholics, Methodists, Episcopal and Presbyterians.
The Rev. Dr. A’Shellarien Lang MDiv 2005, STM 2009 | Pastor/Chaplain Captain
Chaplain Captain A’Shellarien Lang hails from the 1st Episcopal District where Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram is the Presiding Prelate and Rev. Dr. Jessica Kendall Ingram is the Episcopal Supervisor. She is honored to serve as the first woman Chaplain Captain in the Delaware Army National Guard for the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. She is ecclesiastically endorsed through the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The 198th ESB, originally called the 1st Delaware Regiment, has a rich history in this country. The 1st Delaware Regiment was raised on December 9, 1775 for service with the continental army under the command of Colonel John Haslet. The regiment would see action during the New York Campaign, Battle of Trenton, Battle of Princeton, Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown and the Battle of Guilford Court House. The organized Militia of Delaware was re-designated April 17, 1885 as the Delaware National Guard. The Delaware National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions. In fact, the National Guard is the only United States military force empowered to function in a state status.
Chaplain Lang was directly commissioned from civilian life on April 22, 2015. She comes with a diverse background in her religious upbringing and career. She has been a pediatric and adult hospice chaplain for 10 years. Chaplain Lang is a prolific author, pastor, professor, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is an anointed and appointed woman of God who loves to serve wherever God places her. She is the CEO of Desakajo Publishing. Chaplain Lang is the author of Does Love Cover…THAT?: The Healing Process of the Fruit of the Spirit; Does Love Cover…THAT?: The Workbook; Finding Me: A Woman’s Theology of Self Identification; Beside the Still Waters: Having Faith Even When….; and The Chick on the Side: From the Heart of the Wife. Chaplain Lang is the National Director of Training for Healing Communities. She is an Adjunct Professor for Harcum College where she teaches Leadership. She is an Instructor and 4th Year Advisor at City Wide Interdenominational Christian Training Institute (CWICTI).
Chaplain Lang has an Associate of Art degree from Manor Junior College in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Science from Geneva College in Urban Ministry Leadership, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Theology from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and a Doctorate of Theology in Biblical Theology from Almeda University. She has served as a Children’s Pastor at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia. She also served as Children’s Pastor and Director of the Child Development Center at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church in Washington, DC. God called her into ministry in 1999, and she yielded to the call in 2000. She was ordained in 2003 as a Minister of the Gospel at Gate To Heaven Ministry by Prophet Carnell A. Smith Sr. In January 2006, she was ordained in the Baptist tradition by Bishop Charles M. Hudson Jr. In 2014 she was ordained an Itinerate Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She currently serves as the Pastor of Bethel AME Cookstown in the Camden-Trenton District of the New Jersey Annual Conference where the Rev. Dr. Robert C. Wade is the Presiding Elder and Mrs. Prudence Wade is the Consultant. Military chaplaincy is a call to serve our military soldiers and their families. The African Methodist Episcopal Church is dedicated to spreading the good news of the gospel to our military. Chaplain Lang is a trailblazer in her own right as she rises to serve as the first woman Army Chaplain in Delaware’s 240 year military history. She has broken the “glass ceiling” in the state of Delaware. It is her honor to proudly serve “Pro Deo Et Patria” (For God and Country).