- Associate Professor of Practical Theology: Youth and Family Ministries
- Director, Life Together: Theological Programs for High School Youth
- (510) 559-2762
The challenges facing Christian education in our church today are the same as they have always been: namely to equip and to empower the whole people of God, both lay and ordained, to embrace the Gospel life by deepening their relationship with God and by offering their lives in service to the world in which they live. Such equipping and empowerment finds its roots and dynamism primarily from ongoing engagement of mind, heart, and spirit with Jesus and the story of Jesus, in whom we come to know about God’s love for us and for the whole world in a tangible way. Thus, Christian education and lives of discipleship go hand in hand. Following our crucified and risen Lord is education about and into a way of life - a life of faith that is practiced in Christian community, grasped ever more fully by the heart, and willingly poured out in love for the sake of the world.
BA, Whitworth College; MA, Graduate Theological Union and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; PhD, Graduate Theological Union
Brief Professional History
Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministries, Salem Lutheran Church, 1979–1983; PLTS Adjunct Faculty in Systematic Theology and Christian Education 1994–1998; PLTS Dean’s Associate for Community Life and Lecturer in Christian Education, 1998–1999. Assistant Professor of Christian Education, 1999–2003; Assistant Professor of Practical Theology: Youth and Family Ministries, 2003–2009; Associate Professor of Practical Theology: Youth and Family Ministries, 2009– ; Director, “Life Together:” Theological Programs for High School Youth, 1999–.
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Member, Candidacy Committee, Sierra Pacific Synod, 1988–1993; PLTS Teaching Assistant in systematic theology and church history, 1991–1996; Steering Committee Member, ELCA Association of Teaching Theologians, 2002–2005 ; Member, Candidacy Committee, Rocky Mountain Synod, 2002– ; PLTS representative to Eastern Washington/Idaho Synod 2000–; Parish Board President, Resurrection Lutheran Church 1999–2003; Member, Christian Education Committee, Resurrection Lutheran Church; Sunday School Teacher training workshop leader in Sierra Pacific Synod.