New Director of TEEM Program

Rev. Dr. Moses Penumaka

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary has named the Rev. Dr. Moses Penumaka as the new Director of the Theological Education for Emerging Ministries [TEEM] program and Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology. The appointment was announced by PLTS President Phyllis Anderson following approval by the seminary’s Board of Directors. “Dr. Penumaka will bring a rich educational, administrative, and pastoral experience to the PLTS community and to the Western Mission Cluster TEEM program,” said Dr. Michael Aune, Dean of the Faculty and chair of the search committee. “We look forward to having him as a new colleague and friend.”

TEEM is a program of theological education aimed at preparing women and men for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was adopted in 1989 as a non-residential and contextual program of PLTS. Since its inception the TEEM program has graduated some 91 persons from all but one of the nine ELCA regions across the country. Graduates have become pastors, chaplains, mission developers, outreach specialists, and members of Synodical and church wide staffs. In the Fall of 2007 the PLTS and Luther Seminary TEEM programs officially became a joint Western Mission Cluster program.

The Rev. Dr. Penumaka will assume his new position July 1, 2008. He is currently Pastor/Mission Developer for the Good Shepherd South Asian Ministry in Fremont, CA. He received his Doctor of Theology degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in the spring of 2006. Prior to his doctoral studies, the Rev. Dr. Penumaka was National General Secretary of the Student Christian Movement of India affiliated with the World Student Christian Federation, Bangalore, India. Penumaka succeeds Dr. Edmond Yee who will retire this summer. Dr. Yee has been with PLTS since 1978 and has been a pioneer developer of the TEEM program.