Wednesday, July 14, 2010

James Scott to lead Intersections Institute

The Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries announced that Mr. James H. Scott of Chester Springs, PA, has accepted the position as Director of Intersections Institute, a joint educational program of two Lutheran seminaries in Gettysburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Launched two years ago, the Institute offers degree and professional certificate courses for professional staff of faith-based social ministry organizations, and for students who aspire to serve in a wide range of arenas at the intersection of church and world. This enterprising new program provides a combination of practical nonprofit managerial and leadership skills with graduate theological training and orientation to the unique mission and culture of faith-based organizations. The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) offers a Master’s in Public Leadership degree, and a professional Certificate in Leadership of Faith-Based Organizations course of studies is conducted by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG).

James Scott brings a rich professional background and extensive experience in service, educational and entrepreneurial enterprises to the Institute’s directorship. Holding degrees from Villanova University (Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Master of Arts) and Washington University (MBA), Scott was the Executive Director of portfolio Strategies with Morgan Stanley Investment prior to his retirement from that post in 2007. Previously, he served with the U.S. Peace Corps, was Treasurer of Amherst College, Vice President, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer for Texas Utilities Company in Dallas, and was a corporate banking officer. In the late 1970’s, Scott was granted a leave of absence from his financial executive position to serve as a White House Fellow and a member of the staff of President Jimmy Carter. He currently serves as a trustee for Gettysburg College and the University of Texas at Austin, and is a member of the board of directors and chair of the investment committee for Thrivent Financial Services for Lutherans, a Fortune-500 financial service organization. In recent years, he has engaged in graduate school teaching at Villanova and the University of Delaware in the areas of corporate strategy and political and economic analysis. He has written in those areas, and is currently writing creative non-fiction as well. Scott and his wife are the parents of four children, and are involved in many community groups and activities.

In accepting the position with Intersections Institute, Mr. Scott quoted Psalm 146, Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, expressing “the joy of my selection as Director of Intersections. While at the time in the company of the distinguished social ministry organization leaders and noted theologians who made this selection possible, I was speechless as well as thankful. I pray that our Lord Jesus Christ may nourish me and my supportive wife as I work to help our blessed and dedicated partners achieve the ambitious goals of the Institute."

Scott succeeds Dr. Christy Lohr, who directed the Institute through its first year until accepting a position at Duke University in June.

Presidents Philip Krey of Philadelphia and Michael Cooper-White of Gettysburg shared their enthusiasm for the new director in a joint statement: “In James Scott we found that rare combination of a superb leader — in business, education, the Church and the public arena as well — and a genuine servant whose faith permeates every aspect of his life. We are confident that under his capable leadership, the Institute will flourish as it provides quality educational programs to current and future leaders in a wide variety of faith-based organizations.” The Rev. Dr. Katie Day, The Charles A. Scheiren Professor, Church and Society at LTSP, added her perspective as a senior faculty member: "As someone who teaches in the program (Ethics of Public Leadership, LTSP) I am very much looking forward to working with James Scott. He brings a vision of faith-based leadership which has been forged through his own experience and corresponds precisely with the goals and concerns of the students the Intersections Institute is attracting. Jim is uniquely gifted to take the program to the next level, which will deepen the partnership between Gettysburg and Philadelphia seminaries as well as grow an already strong program into an excellent one."


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

LTSP Appoints Vice President for Advancement/Foundation Executive Director

The Rev. John V. Puotinen has been appointed as Vice President for Advancement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and Executive Director of the LTSP Foundation, according to the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, seminary and foundation president. Pastor Puotinen was selected following a nationwide search.

Pr. Puotinen comes to LTSP from the University of Dubuque/Dubuque Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, where he has served as Senior Vice President of Development since 2005. He led the university through the concluding stages of a ten year capital campaign that concluded in 2008 with a record $128 million in gifts from over 4,700 donors.

Before joining the University of Dubuque, Pr. Puotinen served as Vice President of the Foundation of Lutheran Life Communities, Arlington Heights, Illinois, a provider of services in Greater Chicago, along with development positions at Luther Manor, Milwaukee,Wisconsin, and Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and was an investment executive with Piper, Jaffray, Inc. He was developer and founder of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Libertyville, Illinois. He is a pastor on the roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Pr. Puotinen received a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, and a bachelor's degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. He will begin his service at LTSP on August 1, 2010.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Faith on the Avenue: Prof. Katie Day

Faith on the Avenue, an ongoing research study by LTSP's the Rev. Dr. Katie Day, Charles A. Scheiren Professor of Church and Society, is the multimedia feature of the online journal Faith & Leadership from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. The offering is an audio presentation with slide show by Prof. Day talking about the project, which looks at the multitude of congregations along the 8.5 mile road, Germantown Avenue, which passes the seminary in Mt. Airy.

The project, led by Prof. Day with photography by Edd Conboy and research by a number of contributors, is funded primarily by a grant from the Louisville Institute.

The Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., joining Lutheran Seminary faculty

The Rev. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., DMin, PhD, will be joining the faculty of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) beginning with the Spring 2011 semester, according to LTSP President the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey. Dr. Croft is pastor of The Church of the Redeemer Baptist in South Philadelphia, and is well known as a preacher and teacher. He served as one of the preachers for the 2010 Preaching with Power series, sponsored by LTSP's Urban Theological Institute. Dr. Croft will join the seminary faculty as the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies, as well as remaining pastor at The Church of the Redeemer. He has served as Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University.

Dr. Croft earned a Doctor of Ministry, with distinction, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “You Jes’ Wait A Little: A Comparison of the Motif of Hope in African American Preaching During the Slave and Post-Civil War Periods.” He holds a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary), a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Trinity College, and an Associates degree from Pinebrook Junior College.

Pastor of The Church of the Redeemer Baptist since June 1993, Dr. Croft believes that the academy, the pulpit, and the community need to be connected, and he plans to remain in the pulpit at Redeemer as he teaches at LTSP to maintain that connection. During his tenure at Redeemer the membership has grown from 177 to over 1,900. Dr. Croft serves as founder of the Redeemer Renaissance Community Development Corporation, Dean of the Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association, is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and has been inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr., Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Croft's sermons, along with the article What Does it Mean to Preach Biblically Today (Winter 2003), have been published in The African American Pulpit, and he has also contributed to the book “From One Brother to Another: Voices of African-American Men, Volume II" (Judson Press).

Homiletics Professor Joins LTSP Faculty

The Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman has joined the faculty of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) as Assistant Professor of Homiletics. Her appointment began July 1.

Prof. Wiseman comes to LTSP from Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC, where she held the position of Associate Professor of Ministerial Studies, and also directed Hood's Supervised MInistry program and was coordinator of United Methodist Studies. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Academy of Homiletics, Society of Biblical Literature and Association of Theological Field Educators.

Prof. Wiseman was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Liturgical Studies with concentration in Preaching and Worship, with additional specializations/extensive work in Postmodern/Emergent Worship, Liturgy, and Worship Space and Design, from Drew University in 2006, receiving the Dean's Honor Award as the outstanding student of the class. Her dissertation topic was "Grace Space: The Creation of Worship Space for the Postmodern/Emerging Church."

She also holds a Master of Philosophy from Drew (2005), Master of Divinity (with honors) from St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas CIty, MO (1996) and Bachelor of Arts in History from Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX (1985).

Elder/Full Member of the Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1996, Prof. Wiseman served local churches in Kansas and New Jersey as senior pastor for 15 years.