Notes from the Interim President
February 28, 2020

Dear ULS Family:

As we near the end of Black History Month, I wanted to remind everyone that our Preaching with Power annual lecture and sermon series will be held March 8-12, featuring five distinguished African American preachers and theologians at various churches and at ULS in Philadelphia. There will also be a Sacred Music Concert in the African American tradition on March 11 at 11:30AM in the Schaeffer Ashmead Chapel in Philadelphia.

Preaching with Power is a program within United Lutheran Seminary’s Urban Theological Institute, dedicated to providing theological education with a focus on ministry in the Black Church. The Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson joined the staff in 2009 as Director of UTI, which will be celebrating its 40th year as part of a special anniversary event September 22-25. More information will be forthcoming.

Please join me in commending Rev. Dr. Robertson for the critical work he does within UTI, for ULS, and for organizing Preaching with Power each year.  If you’d like to learn more about the areas of concentration within the Institute, please click here. I hope to see you at Preaching with Power starting March 8.

From L: Abby Johnson, Christine Leventhal, Pastor Angela


Last month, I had the pleasure of joining MDiv student Abby Johnson, when she received the Ted Womer Scholarship at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stamford CT. In addition to receiving the award, Abby preached at St. John’s and along with Rev. Dr. Martin Otto Zimmann, led an Adult Forum. Abby and I are pictured here along with Mr. Womer's niece, Christine Leventhal. God has blessed ULS with caring and devoted students such as Abby, and we are collectively grateful. We’re always interested in what our students are doing outside of the classroom. If you’re a ULS student and have a story to share about community engagement, please share it with our Communications Director, Linda Fiore at

Today is also the beginning of the ULS Lenten Journey. Over the next six Fridays, we will post entries about alumni whose stories uplift all of us. In addition, we would like to hear from more alumni - share your Lenten Journey story of sacrifice and service here. I look forward to reading all of them.

We’ve started a new initiative to highlight and promote faculty accomplishments. Members of the ULS faculty are at the forefront of scholarship and active in pastoral and social justice work throughout the world. Here are some recent highlights. Please join me in commending the vital work our faculty do – both inside and outside of the classroom.

Lastly, I’d like to point out that the ULS Strategic Plan is available for anyone to read and can be found here. This plan is a living document, and we continue to work with it on a regular basis.

Staff Transitions

Congratulations to Major Gifts Officer, Kayla Hopgood, on the recent birth of her son, Felix. Kayla, who has been on maternity leave, has decided to focus on new challenges outside of ULS. The position has been posted and I’ll be sure to share updates. We wish Kayla and her family the very best.

Please join me in welcoming Buff Carlson to ULS as the new Chief Financial Officer. Buff is a Certified Public Accountant with a diverse background in public accounting and private industry, including not for profits. He was most recently a member of the accounting department staff at Shippensburg University. Buff holds a BA from Dickinson College and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Also, our thanks to Henry“Hank” Kussay for serving ULS as interim controller. Hank will be assisting Buff with the transition and we wish him the best in his next endeavor.

Ingratitude and hope,

Rev.Angela Zimmann, Ph.D., CFRE
Interim President
United Lutheran Seminary
Gettysburg + Philadelphia
President, United Lutheran Seminary Endowment Foundation
Adjunct Professor of Homiletics

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