Dr. Martha Stortz Accepts New Position

Dr. Martha Ellen Stortz, Professor of Historical Theology and Ethics, will be leaving PLTS at the end of June to assume the position of Bernhard M. Christensen Chair in Religion and Vocation at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Marty has asked us to share this news with you. As we do, Augsburg College is making its official announcement of her appointment to the Christensen Chair.

The Christensen Chair honors the life and legacy of Bernhard M. Christensen, who was president of Augsburg College and Seminary from 1938 to 1962. As the occupant of this chair, Dr. Stortz will endeavor to provide public leadership that interprets and seeks to advance Augsburg’s educational mission. She will also have opportunities to teach in the Religion Department and to continue her speaking and writing. See further information about this important role.

We are, of course, saddened by this news. At the same time, we are deeply grateful for Marty’s nearly thirty years of brilliant service to PLTS. In fact, our gratitude for what she has given to the seminary throughout the years is more profound than words can express. Marty is much loved by her faculty colleagues, generations of PLTS students, and people in congregations who have benefited greatly from her speaking and writing.

She now embarks upon a new and exciting chapter in her vocational life, bringing an enthusiasm for teaching, a liveliness of intellect, and a scholarly depth to the community of Augsburg College, who will benefit greatly from her gifts.

We will announce during the course of this upcoming semester the opportunity for thanksgiving and farewell for Dr. Stortz as she concludes her exemplary service to PLTS, to the Graduate Theological Union, and as our representative to the wider church.