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LTSP Notes – December 2015

Seminarian to be part of ELCA Presiding Bishop’s live webcast

Lenny Duncan with Presiding Bishop Eaton

Lenny Duncan with Presiding Bishop Eaton

LTSP seminarian Lenny Duncan will be part of the conversation in a live webcast from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, “Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning,” on January 14, 2016. The second webcast in the bishop’s continued call to confront racism, the webcast will be hosted by William B. Horne II, a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clearwater, Fla., and a former member of the ELCA Church Council.ELCA members joining Eaton and Horne, in addition to Duncan, are Judge Yolanda Tanner, an associate judge for the Baltimore City Circuit Court and Charlene Guiliani, a former police sergeant. Duncan will share his experience of incarceration, poverty, and homelessness.

Guiliani, like Duncan, is an ELCA seminarian, studying at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. Both are scholarship recipients of the ELCA Fund for Leaders, an endowed scholarship fund to provide tuition assistance for qualified candidates studying at ELCA seminaries. LTSP and Wartburg are two of eight ELCA seminaries.

Information about the webcast is available at, where a link to the live webcast will be embedded. Read the full ELCA media release here.


Matt O'RearAdmissions Director Matthew D. O’Rear joining Wartburg staff

After 8 years of serving at LTSP, first as Associate Director of Admissions and then as Director, Matt’s last day at the seminary  was Wednesday, December 9. In announcing his leaving the seminary, Matt said, “I will be ever grateful to the faculty, staff, and especially the students for allowing me to journey together with them these many years. Pray for and with me and these communities during this time of transition.”

At the start of the 2016, Matt will begin serving as the Associate Dean for Vocation at the ELCA’s Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.


KiranSebastian-2015-web200The Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian
Dean of the Seminary, H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures, and Director of the Multicultural Mission Resource Center

Dean Sebastian has written a chapter in a new book published by the World Council of Churches:
J. Jayakiran Sebastian, “‘Only Christ and No Formulation of Christ Can Determine the Frontier’: J. Russell Chandran’s Ongoing Challenges to Christian Ecumenism,” in Jesudas M. Athyal, ed., A Light to the Nations: The Indian Presence in the Ecumenical Movement in the Twentieth Century (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2016), pp. 143 – 152, notes pp. 238 – 240.


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

Prof. Wiseman’s recent activities include:


  • November 22 – Preaching two services at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Aston, Pennsylvania
  • November 29 – Preaching at Reformation Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • December 12-13 – Preaching four services at Gloria Dei Church, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania


  • December 3-5 – Attended Academy of Homiletics 50th Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee; Elected to the Academy Executive Committee as Treasurer



AlexReid-2015-web200Alexandra Reid
Educational Technologist

Alexandra Reid recently successfully defended her dissertation, “Negotiating Race and Racism in Collegiate Calculus Courses.” Alex will receive her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD) from the University of Delaware this May. She joined the seminary staff this past summer, and serves in a number of technology roles including instructional design, course development, faculty trainer, Distance Education and eLearning facilitator, and second-tier IT Help Desk support.


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