Friday, December 16, 2011

Alumna Kate Costa profiled as new pastor in Virginia

Kate Costa (MDiv '11) from the Star-Exponent website 
Pastor Kate Costa (MDiv '11) was profiled by Culpepper, VA Star-Exponent after becoming pastor at St. Luke's Lutheran Church December 1, 2011. Pr. Costa came to LTSP through Project Connect. She will be ordained by Bishop Jim Mauney of the Virginia Synod on January 14, 2012.

Read the full story on the Star-Exponent's online site.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Rev. Debora Stein (MDiv '11) installed at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Syracuse

The Rev. Debora Stein (from Post Standard reports on LTSP Alumna the Rev. Debora Stein (MDiv '11), who was installed Sunday, October 9, 2011 as pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Syracuse, NY, an ELCA congregation in the Upstate New York synod. You can read the story online on the website.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

LTSP Alumnus the Rev. James Smith: New chaplain has connections to Wagner College

Staten Island Live reports on the appointment of the Rev. James Smith (MDiv 2010) as chaplain at Wagner College. Pr. Smith is also a Wagner alumnus. His father, the Rev. Mack Smith, is also an LTSP alumnus and has been active in Project Connect. Read the story on the SILive website.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

LTSP Alumna the Rev. Andrena Ingram's story is highlighted in this week's Philadelphia City Paper

Photo from City Paper online.
Now pastor of historic St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Mt. Airy, the Rev. Andrena Ingram's journey brought her to seminary through many turns and life changes and challenges. Philadelphia City Paper reporter Josh Middleton reports in the paper's cover story for September 29.

Read the story online.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

LTSP Alumna the Rev. Kari Hart shares her call journey with Chestnut Hill Local

photo from the article on
LTSP alumna the Rev. Kari Hart tells her call story to the Chestnut Hill Local in an article entitled "Life-changing experience at dad’s death bed - From politics to pastoring, Mt. Airy minister shines." Local writer Lou Mancinelli talked with Pr. Hart after she had returned from a three month to sabbatical to Scandinavia and Costa Rica through a grant to her and her congregation, Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Center City. The grant was awarded by the Lilly Foundation.

Read the story online on the Local's website.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

LTSP UTICA members recognized among Philadelphia's Most Influential African Americans

The Philadelphia Tribune Magazine, published as part of the Philadelphia Tribune, known as "the voice of the African American community since 1884," released its annual list of Philadelphia's Most Influential African Americans in its September 2011 issue.
Just nine clergy were included among the 140 civic leaders selected, and of those nine, three are serving on  LTSP's Urban Theological Institute Committee of Advisors (UTICA).

They are:  

The Reverend Dr. Kevin Johnson, Sr. Pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church
The Reverend William Moore, UTICA Chair and Sr. Pastor of Tenth Memorial Baptist Church, and a UTI Alumnus
The Reverend Dr. Mark Tyler, Sr. Pastor of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

To access the complete on-line publication, go to this link:

Pastor Johnson is featured on page 14
Pastor Moore is featured on page 16
Pastor Tyler is featured on page 38

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Alumni Lorraine Peterson and Debra Stein to be ordained September 17

LTSP alumni Lorraine Peterson (MDiv '09) and Debra Stein (MDiv '11) will be ordained on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 837 Charles St., Torrington, CT. Lorraine has been called to serve as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Centerbrook, CT, and Debra has been called to serve as pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Syracuse, NY.

More on the story can be found online on The Register Citizen (CT) website

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Need inspiration today? Ponder the witness of colonial church organizer Henry Melchior Muhlenberg

Enduring much hardship, Muhlenberg ‘planted’ more than 100 congregations from Savannah, GA, to Lunenberg, Nova Scotia in the mid to late 1700s. September 6, 2011 marks the 300th anniversary of his birth including celebrations at LTSP.

Are you experiencing financial trials or hardship? Are you frustrated by the small- or large-scale bickering that is part of today? Are you struggling to figure out how to survive or remain relevant in the current age?

These are timeless questions, and for some answers consider the life and legacy of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, a key leader in the American colonies. Despite experiencing the aforementioned challenges, Muhlenberg planted more than 100 Lutheran congregations from Savannah, GA, to Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, in the mid to late 1700s. Could you use a strong dose of inspiration to energize your life and the faith journey for Christ you are a part of? Sharing in Muhlenberg’s story can help.

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, born in Germany on September 6, 1711, has become  known as the father of Lutheranism in colonial North America. He arrived in the Pennsylvania colony in 1742 intending to fill out a three-year term ministering to German immigrants connected to small Lutheran congregations in Philadelphia, New Hanover and Trappe. Instead, he stayed and married, built a home for his family and established an organized church that welcomed thousands of German immigrants struggling to establish new lives in the British colonies.

Muhlenberg’s persistence to serve despite terrific obstacles and hardships are well documented in the current issue of PS, the magazine of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).

German immigrants often lived as indentured servants in their new homeland, notes the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Reformation History, writing in PS. In a letter cited by Wengert written by Ministerium pastors to their sponsors back in Germany, the financial hardships are dramatically defined and perhaps ring a bit familiar to leaders and worshipers in some congregations dealing today with the effects of joblessness and a faltering economy. “With regard to the external circumstances of our colleagues and the united pastors, they are resting on shaky foundations. For the most part we are poor and must live on parishioners’ voluntary mites. Our extensive official duties require extensive costs for horses, harnesses and clothing, and the majority of parishioners are poor and want more from us than they are able to give back…”

After nearly 20 years of missionary work in the colonies, Muhlenberg was charged with heresy by a younger colleague, Lukas Rauss, writes Reformation scholar the Rev. Dr. Martin Lohrmann in the magazine. Rauss accused Muhlenberg and other leaders of unorthodox doctrine and unchristian conduct, according to Lohrmann, a PhD graduate of LTSP and pastor of Christ Ascension Lutheran Church in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill. In 1761, Muhlenberg wrote to Swedish Lutheran colleagues who were to decide the case and deftly defended himself, writing that at times like this one needed to heed the advice of Solomon: “Answer fools according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes.” (Prov. 26: 5). Tbe arbiters judged in Muhlenberg’s favor in the matter.

Associate Professor Richard Stewart, who teaches Communication and Parish Administration at LTSP, writes in the magazine that in his journals Muhlenberg was conscious of the social rules and laws in the colonies regarding heathen slaves. At one point, Stewart notes, Muhlenberg critiqued the visual life of Charleston, SC, observing that “one also finds here many slaves who are only half black, the offspring of those white Sodomites who commit fornication with their black slave women.” Stewart writes: “In many ways the German immigrants Muhlenberg found…were as economically suppressed as the African slaves, indentured servants and indigenous peoples. Yet the care of the soul led Muhlenberg and those he mentored.” In 1752, when the new sanctuary for St. Michael’s Lutheran Church was consecrated in Germantown, now part of Philadelphia, Muhlenberg preached and a black male, Christian Gotthilff, was baptized.

“The pluralism along the (Germantown Avenue) route (today) would amaze him (Muhlenberg),” writes the Rev. Dr. Katie Day in PS. Day, the Charles Schieren Professor of Church and Society and director of the seminary’s Metropolitan/Urban Concentration, says there are ten more mainline Lutheran churches along the avenue than in Muhlenberg’s time, and notes that immigrants have continued to plant congregations there. “Pentecostal, Black Hebrew, Hurleyite and Apostolic congregations would have been beyond his imagining, not to mention the two Muslim masjids.” Three megachurches dot the avenue, “different in theology and liturgy than what Muhlenberg was used to, but growing out of the same soil of religious tolerance and the need for city folk to find meaning in increasingly complex urban life,” she writes. Day has closely studied the evolving religious life along the avenue Muhlenberg used to ride on horseback and in carriages.

A PS article also notes how Muhlenberg’s compassion for poor immigrants is carried on today by the organizations Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

A number of congregations Muhlenberg founded in the greater Philadelphia region are assisting the seminary to plan events in the coming year celebrating Muhlenberg’s life.


Celebrating the Legacy of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg

Martin E. Marty
On Tuesday, September 6, the Muhlenberg 300 celebration begins at LTSP, featuring a festival worship in the morning. In the afternoon, Dr. Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, will keynote the opening convocation, speaking on “Henry Melchior Muhlenberg and the Current American Church Scape.” The program will feature afternoon workshops connecting Muhlenberg’s colonial ministry to various aspects of today’s church. A Muhlenberg exhibition will make its seminary debut, featuring artifacts from the seminary and the Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia as well as “Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, Patriarch of American Lutheranism,” a display created by the Francke Foundations of Halle, Germany, from where Muhlenberg’s sponsorship to North America emanated. The day’s events, on the seminary’s campus at 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, are free and open to the public, reservations required. For a detailed schedule of the day and to make reservations, go to

Additional Muhlenberg 300 events are in the planning stages, including Congregation Day, October 15; a Fall Forum on November 7, Advent Vespers December 4, Women’s Day March 17, 2012, and Spring Convocation May 1-2, 2012. As plans unfold information will be posted at

You can read and download the current issue of PS magazine online at

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Alumnus John H. Schneidmiller, '53, has died

from The Review, East Liverpool, Ohio:

John H. Schneidmiller, 82, of Cabot, Pa., formerly of Butler, passed away on Aug. 9, 2011 at 12:50 a.m. in the Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot, Pa.

He was born Feb. 12, 1929 in East Liverpool, Ohio to the late John C. Schneidmiller and Nettie Marie (Hetzel) Schneidmiller.

Reverend Schneidmiller was an alumni of Capital University class of 1950 and the Lutheran Seminary class of 1953 in Philadelphia, Pa.

read the full obituary online:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Christoph Schmidt (MDiv 2011) to be ordained July 2

Christoph Schmidt (West Fargo Pioneer)
Christoph Schmidt (MDiv 2011) will be ordained at his some church, Faith Lutheran, Fargo, ND, on Saturday, July 2, 2011. LTSP alumnus the Rev. Andrew Evenson will preach, and Western North Dakota Synod Bishop Mark Narum will preside. Christoph has been called to Zion Lutheran Church, Berthold, and Carpio Lutheran Church, Carpio, both in the Western North Dakota Synod.

Read the complete story as reported by the West Fargo Pioneer:

Friday, May 27, 2011

Solomon's Lutheran Church of Chambersburg welcomes new pastor

LTSP Alumnus the Rev. Bill Nienstedt
LTSP alumnus The Rev. Bill Nienstedt ('07) was recently named pastor of Solomon's Lutheran Church, Chambersburg. 

He told a reporter for Chambersburg's Public Opinion Online "I'm very excited about building ministry and growing the congregation in the context of the growing and vibrant community of Chambersburg," he said. "Solomon's has been a vital faith community rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ for 245 years, and it has a rich and meaningful worship with a wonderful choir and music."  

The full story is on

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Rev. Virginia Thomas ('78) has Died

(this notice is from the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, May 18, 2011)

At St. Alban’s, Vermont,
on Saturday, April 30, 2011
occurred the death of

The Rev. Virginia Thomas

The Burial Office will be read
at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011
at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
323 Church Street
Enosburg Falls, Vermont
The Rt. Rev. Thomas Clark Ely, Bishop of Vermont, officiating

The Rev. Virginia Thomas, one of the first women to be ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church and the founder of the Dolphins Program of the Merion Deanery in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, was born in Utica, New York, on November 22, 1917. She graduated from Cornell University, majoring in French, in 1938, received an M.A. in Religion from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1978, and was ordained by the Rt. Rev. Lyman Ogilby that same year. From 1979 to 1988, she led the Dolphins Program, a visitation ministry of volunteers who call on lonely people in nursing homes and become their one-on-one companions. Upon her retirement in 1988, she and her husband moved to rural Vermont, where she continued to serve as a deacon at St. Matthew’s, Enosburg Falls. Until a month before her death, she regularly preached sermons that were known for their good humor, sound theology, and thoughtful insights into family life and the world around her. She is survived by three children from her marriage of sixty-eight years, and numerous grand-children and great-grandchildren.

Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord, 
and let light perpetual shine upon her.

(Hat tip to Prof. Wil Gafney)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alumnus Bradley Burke (MDiv '10) to be ordained May 21

Photo on Delaware County News  Network
LTSP alumnus Bradley Burke (MDiv '10) will be ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on at 10 am Saturday, May 21, 2011, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Aston, PA, according to an article online through the Delaware County News Network. Bishop Claire Burkat of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA will preside, and LTSP professor the Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer will preach.

Learn more from Delaware County News Network.

(edited 5/19 to correct day of the service)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

LTSP Alumnus Khader El-Yateem talks about Bin Laden's Death: Arabs Express Indifference

The Rev. Khader El-Yateem (right)
and nephew the Rev. Khader Khalilla
LTSP Alumnus Khader El-Yateem talks about "Bin Laden's Death: Arabs Express Indifference" in a video posted on the Odyssey Networks video channel. He is pastor of Salam Arabic Lutheran Church in New York, and was interviewed for LTSP's PS magazine talking about "Who are our Neighbors?" in fall 2009.

Watch "Bin Laden's Death: Arabs Express Indifference" online on Odyssey Networks.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ellen McGarr Obituary, LTSP Student and Staff Member

Ellen Harper McGarr was a member of the LTSP community both as a student and member of the staff. Be sure to read both the obituary and the guest book entries, which include a number from colleagues, faculty and friends from the seminary.

Ellen McGarr Obituary: View Ellen McGarr's Obituary by Idaho Statesman

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Annual Easter Vespers - Tuesday, May 3

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia will hold its annual Easter Vespers on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the seminary campus. The Seminary Choir, under the direction of Michael Krentz, will lead the music for the service, which will last about forty minutes. Easter Vespers is part of LTSP's annual Alumni Convocation. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

LTSP Professor and Alum part of Churches Minister to Boomers article

For the April 21, 2011 issue of AARP Bulletin, writer Susan Kreimer interviewed LTSP Assistant Professor of Homiletics Karyn Wiseman and alum the Rev. Flora Hartford (MDiv 09) as part of an article, "Churches Minister to Boomers," that explores the way churches are ministering to the Baby Boomer generation as boomers approach and enter retirement.

The article can be found online as well as in the print edition.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The battle is o'er, the victory won: Miriam Eileen Recker White

Miriam Eileen Recker White, 79, a resident at Luther Ridge Retirement Community near Chambersburg, PA, died on April 14, 2011 in her home. She was the wife of LTSP Emeritus Professor the Rev. Dr. Andrew J. (Jack) White. Born in Pemberville, OH, on December 9, 1931, to the late Rev. Dr. Dale C. Recker and Mary Ward Recker, she was a graduate of Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, with BA and BS degrees, as well as Temple University in Philadelphia with an MS in Science Education. She married Andrew J. White on May 30, 1953, in Cleveland Heights, OH.

She taught general science and chemistry for thirty years at Chestnut Hill Academy, a boys’ prep school in Philadelphia. She held the Baird Chair, was made an honorary alumna of the Academy, and received a fan appreciation award, the Corning Pearson Award for Distinguished Service, and several other recognition awards.

Always active in her churches, St. Luke Lutheran in Chambersburg and Reformation Lutheran, Philadelphia, as teacher, leader and choir member, she will be remembered as the consummate team player in every endeavor of life.

Miriam was active in the American Chemical Society and was the first high-school teacher ever elected chair of the large Philadelphia Section of ACS. In 1987, she was one of four teachers in the United States to be granted the prestigious Catalyst Award by the Chemical Manufacturers’ Association.

She retired in 1997 and spent the first year of retirement teaching in Bratislava, Slovakia. With her husband, she returned to Slovakia to serve as an official observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during the Slovak national elections in 1998.

Returning to the U. S., the couple did volunteer service at the LBJ Ranch in Johnson City, TX. In June of 1999, they settled at Luther Ridge. Miriam was a faithful tutor at the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children for the following ten years.

She spent three months in the fall of 2002 as a volunteer at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Wittenberg Center in Germany. She also served as a recruiter for missionaries for the Global Mission division of the church body. In her lifetime, she traveled in 45 countries on six continents.

Miriam is survived by her husband, Jack, and four children: Mary Sue Burns and husband Michael of Marlinton, WV; Daniel Allen of Atlanta, GA; John Andrew and wife Kay of Houston, TX; and James Dirken and wife Laura of Huntingdon, PA. She has five grandchildren: M. Jesse Burns, Jonathon D. Burns, Sara M. White, Shelby T. White and Joanna M. White. She has two surviving sisters: Donna M. Hall of Sarasota, FL, and Nancy R. McEaneney of Columbus, OH. Her step-mother, Katherine H. Recker, lives in Columbus as well. She was predeceased by a brother, David H. Recker.

Services will be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 2695 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202 on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 11 am. A luncheon will follow at the Fleck Center on the Luther Ridge campus. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be directed to Lutheran Home Care and Hospice or Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, where Miriam has set up a special scholarship fund. Those who know CHA are invited to assist the school she loved in this memorial.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gregory Shreaves (MDiv '05) to be installed May 15

The Rev. Gregory Shreaves (MDiv '05) will be installed as pastor at Allegheny Evangelical Lutheran Church, Knauers (Mohnton), PA on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm. Allegheny Church is part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Service of Commissioning for Kathie Afflerbach - May 21

It is with great joy and celebration that you are cordially invited to attend the Service of Commissioning as an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA for Kathleen A. Afflerbach (MAR '09) on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. The service is being held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 19 S. 10th Street, Quakertown, PA. All clergy are invited to vest and process, and a reception will follow the service.

Kathie, who has served at LTSP for over 10 years, has been extended a call by the seminary as the Lay Theological Education Coordinator. In this role she will be working towards providing continuing education opportunities for developing and equipping lay leaders as well as promoting and strengthening the current lay theological education offerings of the Faith and Life Institute at LTSP. Kathie will also connect to advisory planning groups such as the Network for Lifelong Learning of the ELCA Eastern Cluster to develop programs for lay theological education between the seminary, ELCA synods, and ecumenical partners.

Kathie will continue her current responsibilities as Director of Donor Services in the Development Office.

Congratulations Kathie!

Friday, March 25, 2011

LTSP Alums being installed in NEPa Synod this spring

Two LTSP alums serving in the ELCA's Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod will be installed in the coming months:

The Rev. Jennifer Kingstorf, MDiv '07, will be installed as associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Robesonia, PA, at 3:00 pm on May 22, 2011.

The Rev. June Bair, MDiv '06, will be installed as pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Womelsdorf, PA at 4:00 pm on June 12, 2011.

Prof. Jon Pahl: The Fountain Tour

Dr. Jon Pahl
In late March and early April, LTSP Professor of History of Christianity in North America; and Director, MA Programs Dr. Jon Pahl is traveling to Tirana, Albania; Singapore; Australia (Melbourne and Sydney); Jakarata, Indonesia; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to participate in inter-religious dialogues sponsored by The Fountain Magazine. You can follow his observations and reflections in the LTSP blogs:

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Holy Trinity in Maple Shade welcomes new pastor

From the March 11 Maple Shade (NJ) Progress online, LTSP alum the Rev. Annemarie Hartner Cook, MDiv 07,  begins a new call:

It has been more than a year and a half since Holy Trinity Lutheran Church had a resident pastor. That has changed with a vote from congregants that brought Annemarie Cook to their fold.
Cook and her husband of four years, Tim, have recently moved into the pastor’s residence. The home had been completely renovated by several church members including Kevin Lannon and Josh Van Kirk, who were honored at a recent service.
“There is a sense of community that you can’t find any place else,” Cook said. “My husband and I were hoping that in the course of our life in this vocation we would end up in this location.”

Read the complete story online:

Immanuel Lutheran welcomes young minister: Aging membership seeks to embrace a new generation

The March 11, 2011 Amherst (MA) Bulletin reports on LTSP alum the Rev. Steven Wilco, MDiv 10, and his first worship at his first-call congregation:
At the end of his first worship service as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst on Sunday, the Rev. Steven Wilco asked if there were any announcements.
A member of the congregation got up and said how happy the church is about Wilco's arrival, and then everyone burst into prolonged applause.
Wilco drew laughs after the applause died down when he said, with perfect timing, "Any more announcements?"
The church, which will mark its 50th anniversary next year, has had a declining and graying membership, like most Protestant congregations. In choosing 26-year-old Wilco as pastor, members are hoping that his poise and strong Lutheran credentials will outweigh his inexperience.
Read the rest of the story online at

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

LTSP Alum The Rev. Walter P. Fetterly (BD 1945) has died

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
announces with sorrow the death of
The Rev. Walter P. Fetterly
Born June 25, 1920
Died February 21, 2011

The Rev. Walter P. Fetterly died on February 21, 2011.

He was ordained on May 23, 1945, by the Pittsburgh Synod of the ULCA. During his ministry he served as pastor of Trinity, Verone; Scenery Hill Pastoral Charge, Scenery Hill; St. Mark and St. Paul, Scranton; and Bethany, West Reading, all in Pennsylvania. He then served as interim pastor of St. Paul, Hamburg, from 1985 to 1994. Pr. Fetterly graduated from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia with a BD in 1945.

Details about a memorial service will be announced when they become available.

Pr. Fetterly is survived by his wife, Ethel, and four children. Condolences may be sent to her at 222 Killdeer LA, Granstville MD 21536-1313.

- from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA, with added information from LTSP.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Preaching with Power coming March 6-10

For Immediate Release
For more information please contact:
John Kahler, Seminary Communications,, 215-248-6397

Preaching with Power coming March 6-10

Preaching with Power: A Forum on Black Preaching and Theology returns to Philadelphia for the 29th year from Sunday, March 6 through Thursday, March 10. Preaching with Power is a program of the Urban Theological Institute (UTI)  of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), and features five sermons and one lecture by six distinguished African American preachers and theologians, along with an Ash Wednesday service with preaching by seminary professor the Rev. Dr. Charles Leonard.

Local churches in the Philadelphia community host the evening worship services, plus the lecture and music celebration held on the LTSP campus in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. All are welcome! Come and be inspired! The worship offering proceeds go to The Rev. Dr. Joseph Q. Jackson Endowed Scholarship Fund, which benefits UTI students.

Dates and preachers/programs for 2011 are:

Sunday – March 6, 2011, 6:00 pm, The Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis preaching at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 West Cheltenham Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150

Monday – March 7, 2011, 7:30 pm, The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. preaching at Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, 25 West Johnson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Tuesday morning – March 8, 2011, 11:30 am, Dr. Anthea D. Butler lecturing at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19119

Tuesday evening – March 8, 2011, 7:30 pm, Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Mt. Pisgah AME Church, 428 North 41st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Wednesday morning – March 9, 2011, 11:30 am, Ash Wednesday: Word and Sacrament service, Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, LTSP Campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Wednesday evening – March 9, 2011, 6:30 pm (note earlier time), The Rev. Dr. Loran E. Mann preaching at Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ, 6401 Ogontz Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19126

Thursday – March 10, 2011, 7:30 pm, The Rev. Dr. Kevin Dudley preaching at Reformation Lutheran Church, 1215 East Vernon Road, Philadelphia, PA 19150 

The week concludes with a Prospective Student Day on Saturday, March 12 starting at 8:30 am on the LTSP campus. Is God calling you? Come and See what is available for you at LTSP! 

For more information on Preaching with Power, including venue directions and preacher profiles, and to register for Prospective Student Day, go to the seminary Web site:

About the UTI: The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, celebrating 30 years, is dedicated to providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant and upbuilding for the African American community. The UTI sponsors Preaching with Power, a series of public lectures and several certificate programs for lay church leasers, as well as academic programs to prepare MDiv, MAR and DMin credentialed leaders for the black church. UTI Director The Rev. Dr.  Quintin Robertson can be reached at or call 215-248-7324.

About LTSP: One of eight seminaries certified by the 4.6-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), LTSP ( has prepared well over 4,000 church leaders during its history. The school has been located on its Mt. Airy campus in Philadelphia since 1888 and has embraced seminarians from some 30 Christian traditions. Its 30-year-old Urban Theological Institute has prepared scores of African American leaders for church service in the Greater Philadelphia area. 


Publication quality photos of this year's preachers and speakers can be downloaded in a single zip file here:

John Kahler
Director of Communications
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
fax 215-248-4577
For Communications Job requests: 
For technology assistance:  LTSP Help desk, 215-248-7385,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Former Lutheran Bishop Lee Miller dies at 72, LTSP Alum and former Board member

From Upstate New York Synod Bishop Marie C. Jerge:

The Rev. Dr. Lee Miller
We give thanks for the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Lee M. Miller. Dr. Miller entered life eternal on January 31, 2011 at the age of 72 surrounded by family and prayers.

Dr. Miller served as Bishop of the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from 1992 to 2002.  Prior to that he served the Upper New York Synod of the Lutheran Church in America as Assistant to Bishop from 1976 to 1992 and Mission Director on behalf of the ELCA.  He served as pastor at First, Lockport from 1971 to 1976 and assistant pastor at First, Jamestown from 1965 to 1971.

He served as a school board member in Jamestown and Lockport, convener of the Collegium of the New York State Council of Churches and on many boards of trustees.  These include Lutheran Social Services of Upstate New York in Jamestown, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and Augsburg Fortress Publishing House, Minneapolis. He was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2008.

He is survived by his wife Joan, to whom he was married more than 45 years, and their children: daughter Beth Ann and her husband Phillip McCollum and grandchildren Amelia and Damon, son the Rev. Lee M. Miller II and his wife Heather and grandson Griffin; his brother Frank Miller, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-law relatives.

Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3101 Tyson Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19149.  A second service will be at 5:30 pm on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 873 Dewitt Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Notes of condolence may be sent to the Miller family at 6423 Scotland Road, East Syracuse, NY  13057-1529.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to:

Upstate New York Synod
Bishop Lee M. Miller Equipping the Saints fund
110 Hinsdale Road
Camillus, NY  13031

St. Stephen Lutheran Church
873 Dewitt Street
Syracuse, NY  13203


St. John's Lutheran Church
3101 Tyson Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149

Rest eternal grant him, O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon him. ELW p. 284
Grace and peace,
Marie C. Jerge, Bishop

The Syracuse Post-Standard has published a story on

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Alum David Nelson to be installed as Pastor for Care and Homebound Ministry

The Rev. David P. Nelson, D. Min., will be installed as Pastor for Care and Homebound Ministry at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC, this Sunday, Jan. 16, at the 11 a.m. service.

A graduate of Mt. Airy Seminary in Philadelphia, Nelson was ordained at Syracuse, New York on June 15, 1960.

Read the complete story on

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mark Rigg to be ordained and installed in West Lawn

Mark Rigg
Mark Rigg will be ordained and installed as the new pastor of Advent Lutheran Church, West Lawn, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. at the church.

Bishop Samuel Zeiser of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will preside. Rigg's friend and former pastor, the Rev. Dr. Scott Cady of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, Conn., will preach the sermon.

Rigg, 43, has an English degree from Amherst College and theological degrees from Yale Divinity School and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

LTSP Alum The Rev. Dr. Chaz Howard on a different kind of New Year's ritual

LTSP alum and UPenn chaplain the Rev. Dr. Chaz Howard (PhD '10) was on the panel of this week's Voices in the Family show on WHYY 91FM radio. The topic was a different kind of New Year's ritual ...taking time for quiet reflection.

From the WHYY website


Reflecting and Reconnecting

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Every year we make promises to ourselves about losing weight, organizing our closets, or organizing our lives. Sometimes we keep the promise for a couple of weeks but rarely that long. On the next Voices in the Family, Dan Gottlieb and his guests explore a different kind of New Year's ritual...taking time for quiet reflection in order to listen to our deepest truths about who we are and what we want our lives to be about. Dan will be joined by Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, The Reverend Chaz Howard, and Sylvia Boorstein. Nancy Fuchs Kreimer is the Director of the Department of Multi-faith Studies and Initiatives at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College where she is Associate Professor of Religious Studies. Chaz Howard is chaplin at the University of Pennsylvania. And Sylvia Boorstein is a psychologist, author, and a founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.

Panelist Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer of Reconstructionist Rabbinal College may be familiar to LTSP as well as she has participated as a presenter for Prologue and at interfaith events.

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