Dr. Crystal Hall, Kraft Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, will depart ULS at the end of December. She came to the seminary in 2018 and has taught New Testament and advanced courses, in addition to co-founding and co-directing the Guatemala Immersion Semester program with DMin student, The Rev. Jennifer Hope-Tringali. She has represented the seminary on the Delaware-Maryland Synod candidacy committee and the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Hall chaired committees through the Association of Theological Schools and Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaccreditation processes and served as a faculty representative to the Board of Trustees. She also served as a frequent speaker at ULS Alumni Convocations and continuing education events.
"My time at ULS has been formative,” said Dr. Hall. “I'm especially grateful for the collegiality of faculty colleagues and the many 'aha' moments I shared with students in the classroom."
Dr. Hall has established a coaching practice with women in ministry, helping them with psychology, feminism and coaching to do church work in ways they find life-giving. She will continue this work fulltime upon departing ULS.
"It is with sadness for her departure and gratefulness for her time at ULS that I recognize Dr. Hall’s new ministry calling," said Rev. Dr. Mark Vitalis Hoffman. "She has been a highly regarded teacher and has been particularly important for her work with ecology and justice issues, for the Guatemala Immersion project, and as a respected voice in faculty and Board matters. It has been a pleasure working with her in the biblical studies area, and I wish her every blessing going forward as she continues to be a blessing to the church."
Posted by Linda Fiore