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Gilson A. C. Waldkoenig

Paulssen-Hale-Maurer Professor of Church in Society and Director of TCCI


Church in Society is an area of study that helps students prepare and adapt to social conditions that shape ministry, and to perceive the needs of neighbors, neighborhood and world for the sake of Christ’s mission. Gil Waldkoenig was called to the faculty position in Church in Society at Gettysburg Seminary in 1995. He has taught congregational studies, ethnography of religion and courses about social ministry and the public witness of the church. Out of his long-term academic interest in rural and environmental history of Christianity, Gil specializes in mission and ministry for rural settings, environmental ministries and Appalachian culture—set within the broader life of the church’s diverse global nature. As Director of the Town and Country Church Institute (TCCI), Gil shares rural and Appalachian ministry courses with partners beyond ULS, and mission consultation for synods and judicatories. His publications include books and articles on multiple-church ministries, environmental ministries and a variety of other topics, all reflecting Gil’s practical theology of “means of grace and scenes of grace.”

His spouse of 28 years is a Doctor of Occupational Therapy, and the pair belong to St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg. They have two adult children and an Aussie Shepherd. Gil’s top hobby is guitar.


Ph.D, University of Chicago
M.Div., Gettysburg Seminary
B.A., Gettysburg College


Review, “The Telling Takes Us Home,” Journal of Appalachian Studies, 2017
“Religion of Liberty Hyde Bailey,” paper at Agricultural History Society, 2016
Review, “The End of White Christian America” by R. P. Jones, in Seminary Ridge Review, 2016
“Ecological Restoration and Scenes of Grace” in Journal of Lutheran Ethics 15:2 (Feb 2015) http://www.elca.org/JLE/Articles/1073
“From Commodity to Community: Churches and the Land They Own,” The Cresset LXXVII: 5 (2013) http://thecresset.org/2013/Trinity/Waldkoenig_T13.html
Review, Chasing Ice (film) in Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture (2013)
“Scenes and Means of Grace,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology (Winter 2011)
“Country Life Movement” in Encyclopedia of Rural America (Grey House 2008/12)
“Moravians,” “Lutherans,” “Glossolalia,” and Harmonists (in “Communal Societies”) in Encyclopedia of Appalachia (University of Tennessee Press 2006)
Cooperating Congregations (Alban 2000)
Symbiotic Community (UPA 1996)
The Lost Land (Tyrone 1995)

Mailing Address

61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg, PA 17325