St. Paul to host synod’s Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference will be held September 18-20 at St. Paul. The theme will be “Drawn to the Light of God: What we can Learn about Discipleship, Leadership and Witness from the Gospel of John.”
Approximately 150 pastors and rostered leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are expected for the three-day event, which will include time for learning, devotions/worship, workshops, and fun. A few spots remain to help with hospitality. Can you help? Learn more at stpaulqc.org/signups.
The speaker for this year’s event will be Dr. Karoline Lewis, associate professor of biblical preaching at Luther Seminary. She has led conferences, workshops and retreats throughout the country and Canada, and was one of the featured preachers at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis in 2011 and in Atlanta in 2012.
Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in 1999, Lewis was associate pastor of worship and education at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Academy of Homiletics and the Society of Biblical Literature, for which she also serves as president for the Upper Midwest Region. She has served as associate editor for the journal Word & World and is in her second term as the chair of the leadership division at Luther Seminary.
A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Lewis received a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in 1994 and a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament studies from Emory University in Atlanta in 2006. She has led conferences, workshops and retreats throughout the country and Canada, and was one of the featured preachers at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis in 2011 and in Atlanta in 2012.
Lewis is the author of Rereading the ‘Shepherd Discourse:’ Restoring the Integrity of John 9:39-10:21, the introduction and study notes for the Gospel of John in the Lutheran Study Bible, and co-author of New Proclamation: Year B, 2009, Easter through Christ the King. She has authored articles for The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Lutheran Forum and Word & World. She is a contributing writer to WorkingPreacher.org and co-host of the site’s weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave.