Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Preaching Scholar David J. Lose Elected President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been elected president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Lose assumes his duties at the start of the 2014 academic year, succeeding the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, who announced last year he is ending his tenure as the school's president after 15 years of service.

"We were blessed to have a number of candidates with excitingly diverse backgrounds to consider for leading the seminary," said the Rev. Dr. Elise Brown, who chairs the seminary Board of Trustees. "Dr. Lose's exemplary skills include strategic planning, relationship building, and an entrepreneurial spirit that will enable him to guide the seminary into a strong and bold future."

"For one hundred and fifty years, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has formed public leaders for a public church," Lose said. "Its deep confessional roots, ecumenical commitments, and responsiveness to its context and constituents have never been needed more than today. I am both humbled by the community's trust and thrilled by the prospect of working alongside great colleagues and students to lead the school into the future God has prepared for us."

Lose, 49, earned both his MDiv and STM at LTSP. A member of the preaching faculty at Luther Seminary since 2000, Lose served as Academic Dean from 2005-2008, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, led the creative team that developed, and directed several grants funded by the Lilly Endowment to research congregational vitality. He has been greatly interested in exploring new models for congregational leadership and witness in the twenty-first century.

Lose, born in Hughesville, a little town in Northeast Pennsylvania, spent most of his youth in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then in high school moved a bit north to Myerstown. He is a 1988 graduate (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) of Franklin & Marshall College, where he was co-founder of a Habitat for Humanity chapter at the school, played varsity soccer, and was president of the Senior Honor Society. He was awarded his MDiv at LTSP in 1993, receiving several scholarly honors and serving as class president. He earned an STM with a concentration in Biblical Studies from LTSP in 1997. Subsequently, Lose earned a four-year Presidential Scholarship to Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was awarded a PhD in homiletics in 2000.

Prior to his faculty appointment at Luther Seminary, Lose held pastorates at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Summit, New Jersey, (1993-96), Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Audubon, New Jersey, (1997-98) and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Princeton Junction, New Jersey, (1998-2000).

The author of a half-dozen books, his latest volume, Making Sense of the Christian Life (Augsburg Fortress), is forthcoming this winter. He is the author of scores of articles and book chapters, many of them focusing on the contemporary challenges of preaching in a changed and changing world, and he writes the weekly letter "Dear Working Preacher," which is typically viewed 50,000 times a month. His extensive record of community service includes current membership on the Board of Directors for Lutheran World Relief.

Lose makes his home in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Karin, son, Jack, 16, and daughter, Katie, 14.

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