Monday, March 30, 2009

LTSP Announces Successful Faculty and Staff Searches

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has successfully completed three searches to fill open faculty and staff positions.

The Rev. Dr. Storm Swain has been appointed to the position of Assistant Professor for Pastoral Care and Theology and Episcopal Studies at LTSP effective July 1, 2009. Prof. Swain has already begun to teach at LTSP, serving as an adjunct professor this spring teaching Introduction to Pastoral Care. Prof. Swain recently completed a PhD in the Psychiatry and Religion program at Union Theological Seminary in New York, with her dissertation topic “Trinity, Trauma and Transformation: A Trinitarian Pastoral Theology reflected in the experience of the Chaplains at the 9/11 Temporary Mortuary at Ground Zero.” She holds a Bachelor of Theology (1992) from the University of Otago, New Zealand, having attended Knox Theological Hall majoring in Christian Thought and History, a Master of Sacred Theology (1999) and Master of Philosophy (2004) from Union Theological Seminary, and from the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute, graduate certificates in Psychoanalysis and Pastoral Psychotherapy. After graduation from Otago University, Prof. Swain served as Chaplain to Mental Health Services and later also as a CPE supervisor in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is also a priest in the Episcopal Church, most recently serving the church as Canon Pastor at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York.

The Rev. Dr. Quintin L. Robertson is the new Director of the Urban Theological Institute (UTI). Dr. Robertson officially begins his work at LTSP on May 1, and already has been introduced to the LTSP and UTI community at this spring’s Preaching with Power events. He will oversee the three programming areas of the UTI: first professional degrees with an African American focus through the MDiv Black Church Concentration and MAR Black Church Specialization, the UTI Certificate Programs, and Public Programming, of which Preaching with Power is the capstone event.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Dr. Robertson earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Howard University in Washington, DC, and his Master of Business Administration Degree from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. He furthered his education by earning a Master of Divinity Degree and Doctor of Ministry degree from the Charles Harrison Mason Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). Dr. Robertson is an ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ and a member of Cathedral of Faith in Atlanta. He is a member of the Board of Directors for All Saints Bible College in Memphis, TN. He has mentored and trained many students in ministry throughout the U.S. He has served as Director of Admission and Recruitment for the Interdenominational Theological Center for ten years and Director of Campus Ministry for the Church of God in Christ in the Atlanta University Center for four years.

Dr. Michael Krentz joins LTSP July 1 as Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor. An Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Dr. Krentz comes to LTSP with some 30 years experience in parish music. He received Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He is a past-Dean of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and has served in the leadership of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, including chairperson of ALCM’s 1997 national conference, president of Region 1, and national Secretary-Treasurer.

In addition to leading the seminary choir and providing musical leadership for seminary worship, Dr. Krentz’s part time role will include teaching in the first professional curriculum and guiding Master of Arts in Religion students in the Liturgy and Music Specialization.

More on Prof. Swain and Drs. Robertson and Krentz will be found in the upcoming spring issue of the seminary magazine, PS.

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