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LTSP Notes – September 2015


Under Construction

Construction continues on the Library Connector and restoration of the chapel bell tower. Recent progress on the connector:

LtSP Library Connector 09222015 LtSP Library Connector 09222015
LtSP Library Connector 09222015 LtSP Library Connector 09222015


Staff Update

Several new staff members began cervice at LTSP in time for the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. Welcome to the seminary staff:

  • Lisa Jester – part-time Accounting Coordinator
  • Trina Johnsten – VP for Student Vocation and Formation
  • Kristen Kelly – part-time Meeting Coordinator
  • Nate Preisinger – Associate Director of Admissions
  • Alexandra Reid – Educational Technologist
  • Dennis Trotter – VP for Mission Advancement


President Lose Keynote Speaker at NEPA Adult Ministry Festival

Why Don’t Our Kids & Grandkids Go To Church & What Can We Do About It?

Keynote Speaker:  The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, President of The Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia

Saturday, October 3, 2015 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Nativity Lutheran Church | 4004 Tilghman Street | Allentown, PA 18104

Workshop Selections:

  • “Open to the Spirit” Bible Study
  • Prayer Can Change You
  • How the Seminary Is Preparing Students for the Future Church;
  • Storytelling
  • Keeping Brain & Body Strong
  • Faithfully Connected in Life’s Second Half

Registration or more information:

Faculty Updates


The Rev. Dr. Karl KruegerThe Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger
Director of the Krauth Memorial Library and Professor of History of Christianity

The Rev. Roy Almquist, priest-in-charge of Washington Memorial Chapel, the Episcopal parish at Valley Forge, announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger as associate priest. Krueger began his ministry at the chapel September 1, 2015.

Krueger will be serving the chapel by fulfilling a number of ministerial functions including celebrating scheduled Masses, conducting adult formation education sessions, assisting with worship and music enrichment, and long-range planning in addition to customary pastoral responsibilities.

A full story was in the Norristown Times Herald.

Dr. Jon Pahl
Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor in the History of Christianity

Jon Pahl spent two weeks in May in Accra, Ghana and Jenin, Palestine, speaking on religion and peacebuilding, and recently returned from a month in Turkey conducting research for his next book, Fethullah Gulen as Peacebuilder:  A Life of Hizmet.  Dr. Pahl visited the sites in Turkey where Mr. Gulen served as an imam and preacher–Erzurum (near Armenia), Edirne (near Bulgaria), Izmir (the biblical city of Smyrna), and Istanbul.  The global Hizmet (service) movement, inspired by Mr. Gulen, engages Muslims and other people of faith on behalf of scientific education, interreligious dialogue, and social enterprise.  Mr. Gulen, who currently lives in a retreat center in Saylorsburg, PA, where he continues to teach, has repeatedly been jailed by Turkish authorities for his beliefs, as have teachers, journalists, and business leaders connected to Hizmet.

Jon Pahl in Jenin Jon Pahl at Erzurum Airport
Jon Pahl in Jenin Jon Pahl at Erzurum Airport


The Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran SebastianThe Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian
Dean of the Seminary; H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures; Director, Multicultural Mission Resource Center

Three faculty members from LTSP, Drs. Krey, Rajashekar, and Sebastian, participated in an international conference held at our sister seminary, the United Theological College, Bangalore, India, on the theme: “Revisiting Reformation: Explorations on Religion-State Relations Then and Now” between 4th and 7th August.


Dr. Michael Krentz, AiMDr. Michael Krentz, AIM
Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor

Michael Krentz made several presentations at the Worship Jubilee of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Atlanta in July. He presented a workshop titled “Singing Along the Way: Music and Rites of Passage.” With two others, he also led an evening session, “”Cocktails and Chorales.”” In August, he wrote a hymn and played the organ for the ordination of Ruth Doty, an alumna of LTSP.

In addition, Krentz was elected to a two year term on the Board of Directors of The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.


The Rev. Dr. Karyn WisemanThe Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman
Associate Professor of Homiletics; Director of United Methodist Studies


Preaching Commentary for ONScripture – “”The New Feminism: Redefining A Woman’s Place (Mark 7:24-37) (September 5, 2015)


August – Bridge Pastor for Reformation Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, PA

Sept. 27 – Emmaus Road Lutheran Church, Levittown, PA

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