Summer is the season we welcome new faculty. Three Bible professors started new positions July 1, and one leadership professor joins the faculty August 1.
The three Bible faculty, Kristofer Coffman, Jennifer Pietz, and Anna Marsh, are not new to Luther Seminary. Kristofer Coffman has been teaching Greek as an adjunct professor and now joins us as an assistant professor of New Testament. Kristofer says, “I am delighted to join the faculty full-time this fall and looking forward to getting to know everyone better. My wife, Julie, and I recently purchased an old farm in Stillwater and are in the process of moving in and dreaming of how to bring it back to life. The kitchen is my place of rest and I enjoy hunting, fishing, and fruit-growing to add new flavors to our table. “
Jenny has been teaching as a Louisville Fellow and now joins the faculty as an assistant professor of New Testament. She says, ““I am enthusiastic about my vocation of guiding people into rich engagement with Scripture. I have been blessed to live out this calling in the Luther community for the past two years and look forward to continuing to do so. When I am not teaching and writing, I enjoy outdoor activities, photography, and spending time with my family.”
Anna Marsh has taught as an adjunct professor, and with Michael Chan’s departure she joins the faculty as a visiting assistant professor of Old Testament. Anna says, “I am a native Midwesterner who grew up in the church as part of a family in ministry. My husband and I live in Saint Paul with our young daughter and old dog. Aside from the beautiful complexity of the Hebrew Bible, my favorite things to talk about are food (restaurants, recipes, traditions, etc.) and what you’re watching on TV.”
Steve Thomason joins the faculty as the associate professor of spiritual formation and discipleship and will divide his time between the degree programs and Faith+Lead. He has taught as an adjunct professor in both the D.Min. and M.A./M.Div. programs. Steve says, “I have been married to Lona for 33 years, and we have four adult children. We live in Apple Valley, and we enjoy movies, music, and good food. I am a visual artist—drawing, painting, cartooning, animation—and I really look forward to bringing my art into our collaborative scholarly work with you all at Luther. I can’t wait to meet everyone!”
Please welcome these new colleagues either via email or by stopping by their office in Bockman Hall.
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