The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert, Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor, Reformation History at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, delivered the baccalaureate sermon at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis., and received an honorary doctorate of divinity.
Pastor Wengert teaches and does research in Reformation History and the Lutheran Confessions. In 1981 he discovered and published notes on two of Martin Luther's sermons from 1520. He is associate editor of the Lutheran Quarterly and has edited two volumes of essays on Martin Luther by scholars whose contributions first appeared in the journal: “Harvesting Martin Luther's Reflections on Theology, Church and Ethics” and “The Pastoral Luther: Essays in Luther's Practical Theology.” He served on the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)-United Methodist dialogue, on the ELCA Task Force for Studies in Sexuality, and as co-chair of the Commission of the World Mennonite Conference and the Lutheran World Federation.
In February 2000, the city of Bretten, Germany, awarded him the Melanchthon Prize for contributions to the field of Reformation scholarship, especially for his book on Philip Melanchthon and Erasmus. This is the first time that the prize, awarded every three years, was given to an American.
Pastor Wengert earned a BA in sociology and a MA from the University of Michigan, a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary of St. Paul, Minn., and a PhD in religion from Duke University. He is married to the Rev. Ingrid Fath, and has two grown children by his late wife Barbara. He lives in Riverton, N.J.
Carthage is a four-year, liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, located in Kenosha, Wis.
(from a Carthage College release 6/8/2010)