Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen Named President at Wartburg Theological Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen, Professor of Systematic Theology at United Lutheran Seminary, has been appointed as the next president at Wartburg Theological Seminary. She succeeds the Rev. Louise Johnson president. Dr. Largen’s appointment is effective February 1, 2021.

 "I am delighted that Dr. Largen will be joining me in the group of ELCA seminary leaders as the new president of Wartburg Seminary,” said recently-appointed ULS president Dr. Guy Erwin. “She is a great leader and a wonderful colleague; ULS’s loss is Wartburg’s gain. And it will be nice to hand over the role of “new kid” so quickly to a seminary president even newer than I am! I couldn’t be happier for her and I am grateful to be able to work with such an able person in this important role. Wartburg has chosen very well.”

Dr. Largen began teaching at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2006, which merged with the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2017 to become United Lutheran Seminary. She teaches in the area of systematic theology with a focus on comparative theology with Buddhism and Hinduism and works in 21st century theology, specifically with feminist and liberation theologies. She is also Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life/College Chaplain at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.

 Dr. Largen has published extensively. She is editor of “Dialog: A Journal of Theology,” and recently published the book A Christian Exploration of Women’s Bodies and Rebirth in Shin Buddhism (Rowman & Littlefield). Additional publications can be found here.

 “I’m overjoyed to celebrate the naming of Dr. Largen to be President of Wartburg Seminary,” said Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian, Dean of United Lutheran Seminary. “With her deep passion for transformative theological education; her focused thoroughness in carrying out administrative responsibilities; her rich experience in, and contributions to, interfaith dialogue; and her pastoral sensitivity to the unity of the church, Wartburg will have a visionary leader and I wish her every blessing in what lies ahead.”

Dr. Largen holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union; a M.Div. from Wartburg Seminary; and, a B.A. from Colorado College.

 Read the announcement from Wartburg.

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