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Pastoral Theology


President, North American Lutheran Seminary

Associate Professor of Liturgy and Homiletics

  • B. Mus., Arizona State University
  • M. Mus., Northwestern University
  • M. Div., Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., The Graduate Theological Union

O give thanks to the Lord for he is good;
His steadfast love endures forever.


This refrain of faithful Israel sounds throughout the halls of Trinity School for Ministry. We are a place and a people who trust that God’s faithfulness is leading us into the future that he has prepared for us.

With that refrain sounding in my heart, my calling is to help prepare the next generation of pastors and church leaders to be a bold and faithful witness to the love that God our Father has poured out through his Son, and which, in the power of his Holy Spirit, we live. My prayer is that when our graduates arrive in parishes they will be competent and wise, expressive and articulate, humble and joyous, and above all—loving, serving those for whom Christ died and for whom he now lives.

Selected Publications: 
  • “Praying Psalm 139 through the Resurrected One,” Lutheran Forum, vol. 47, no. 3. (Fall 2013): 14-17
  • “A Resurrection Hermeneutic: Law and Gospel in Preaching and Worship,” in Preaching and Teaching the Law and Gospel of God, ed. Carl E. Braaten, Delhi, NY: American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 2013, 141-162
  • “Song and Hymn Selection: Singing the Faithful into Life,” in A Teaching Hymnal Ecumenical and Evangelical, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock, 2012
  • “Womb: the Sanctuary of Mercy,” in The Lake Louise Commission: The Sacred Family, Delhi, NY: American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 2011, 59-80
  • Book Review of Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: A Guide by Gail R. O’Day and Charles Hackett, Abingdon, 2007. Sacramental Life, Volume 22, Number 1 (Winter 2010)
  • Give Us Lips to Sing Thy Glory: The Performative Exegesis of the Word through Preaching and Hymnody, VDM: Germany, 2010
  • Book Review of Treasury of Daily Prayer, Edited by Scot A. Kinneman, St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2008. Worship, Volume 84, Number 1 (January 2010)
Research Interests:

– Hymnody and Liturgical Music

– 20th-21st Century Homiletic Theories

– The Law/Gospel Dialectic

– Eucharistic Prayer and Theology

– Pastoral Formation

– Liturgical and Ritual Studies: lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi