Trinity School for Ministry Welcomes Lutheran Faculty Member

November 11, 2013 – Trinity School for Ministry is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Amy Schifrin to the faculty, and as the Director of the North American Lutheran Seminary. This appointment is in conjunction with the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), which recently approved a decision to make Trinity School for Ministry the location of its Seminary Center and the hub for training future pastors.

“I am delighted to welcome Amy Schifrin to the Trinity faculty. She is clearly well qualified for the exciting task of establishing the North American Lutheran Seminary at Trinity School for Ministry, and her homiletic, liturgical, and musical gifts are sure to be a great blessing to us all,” said the Very Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry, Dean and President of Trinity School for Ministry.

“I am overwhelmed with joy as I accept this call to serve as Director of the North American Lutheran Seminary” Dr. Schifrin remarked. “I want to help shape the next generation of pastors through their seminary formation so that when they arrive in parishes they will be faithful and bold, articulate yet humble, joyous and, above all, loving...Theological education is more than passing on information, it is formation in faith, so that in Word proclaimed and Sacrament rightly administered, the One who brings life to the world will bring it to the gathered assembly.”

Pastor Schifrin currently serves as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Monona, IA, and Mission in Christ Lutheran Church in Strawberry Point, IA. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Her first call as a pastor was in Saskatchewan. Campus, parish, and seminary calls have taken her to the southwest, the midwest, and the mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies and Homiletics from The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

“Dr. Schifrin will be a strong complement to our existing faculty” commented the Venerable Mark Stevenson, PhD, Academic Dean. “In addition to her superb academic credentials she has also been shaped through her significant pastoral experience. We look forward to her presence among us.”

“Dr. Schifrin brings a tremendous commitment and passion for the faithful education and the spiritual formation of pastors for Word and Sacrament ministry in the mission field of our culture,” said NALC Bishop John Bradosky. “The congregations of the North American Lutheran Church will be strengthened by the pastors who are both formed and informed under the excellent leadership of Dr. Schifrin.”

The NALC has chosen to partner with Trinity School for Ministry to create a Seminary Center for the training of future NALC pastors. Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA on August 8, 2013, the Convocation of the NALC established a new North American Lutheran Seminary by a near-unanimous vote. This seminary will not be a degree-granting institution, rather, it will partner with existing accredited seminaries to provide sound theological education for NALC students.

Dr. Schifrin will oversee the formation of NALC students, whether at Trinity or at one of the Houses of Study that will be developed throughout North America. Lutheran students will earn a degree from Trinity School for Ministry, taking the core courses required in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) curriculum. For some courses they will take Lutheran alternatives taught by NALC professors to ensure a solid foundation in confessional Lutheranism.

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