Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Seminaries Select Chelle Huth to Direct Theological Education with Youth

The Lutheran Theological Seminaries at Philadelphia and Gettysburg announce that Ms. Chelle Huth, Associate in Ministry, will direct their joint Theological Education with Youth (TEY) program.
TEY is a creative initiative of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Joining with congregations, youth ministries and synods located primarily in the Northeast Regions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), TEY is designed to amplify the faith and witness of high school youth as gifted leaders and theologians. TEY is now in its tenth year of offering transforming events with youth in four different meeting places.
As director, Huth will work in both schools’ efforts to expand outreach to young persons through an annual Theological Academy, a Crossroads “plunge” experience, facilitating counselor training at regional outdoor ministries, and other settings.  The director will coordinate the work of others who may be involved in TEY-related work, and will be a primary liaison to the Eastern Cluster’s Project Connect, as well as the Region 9 Bishops’ School held annually at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.    
Huth is rostered as an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA. She holds a masters degree from Gettysburg Seminary in Christian Education/Youth Ministry (2004), a Certificate in Youth and Family Ministry from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, and an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts/Social Science from Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA. An experienced worker with youth, she has served as Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Cumberland, PA, Coordinator of Family & Youth Ministries at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Mechanicsburg, PA, and Parish Associate at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Shiremanstown, PA. Huth has served on the staff of national youth gatherings of the ELCA, taught in the seminaries’ shared TEY programs and Gettysburg Seminary’s Youth Certification School, as well as other events in the region.
Huth said “I am thrilled to be called as the Director of Theological Education with Youth. I have served this ministry in a variety of ways even before its inception, helping to write the original grant proposal for LTSG. I look to continue building on the amazing foundation of TEY and am excited to see where the Holy Spirit will take this ministry in the future.”
The Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer, Professor of Systematic Theology at Philadelphia Seminary, expressed his excitement in welcoming Chelle as the new TEY director. "Her immense experience and expertise in youth ministry, including her deep knowledge of TEY as a program, will enable her both to build on the strong foundation past directors have laid and to take TEY in important new directions.”
Gettysburg Seminary’s Associate Director of Admissions, Ms. Julie Stecker, noted that “Chelle Huth not only brings incredible gifts for organization and leadership, but also for challenging young people to think theologically about how the biblical witness is relevant to their everyday lives in creative and faithful ways.”
Gettysburg Seminary President Michael L. Cooper-White commented on the selection of Huth, and the continued collaborative work by both Philadelphia and Gettysburg seminaries, “working in ongoing partnership to support this vital ministry, I know we will continue to do faith-filled, theologically grounded ministry with youth, and do it extremely well under her leadership.” 

Learn more about TEY on their website:
Contact Chelle Huth at 717.338.3038, or email

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