On April 5, the Board of Directors of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) elected the Rev. Dr. Kimberly R. Wagner to the faculty as assistant professor of homiletics. This is a three-year, tenure-eligible position. Dr. Wagner successfully completed the doctor of philosophy degree in homiletics at Emory University this spring. She will begin teaching at LSTC during the fall 2018 semester.
“We are delighted to welcome Kimberly Wagner to the LSTC faculty,” said Esther Menn, dean of academic affairs. “She brings rigorous academic training and extensive teaching experience that will contribute greatly to the LSTC community. Her concentration on trauma and preaching is especially resonant with today’s world and fits well with the public church emphasis of the curriculum at LSTC. We look forward to her many contributions in scholarship, teaching, and pastoral mentoring of students.”
"I am thrilled to be joining the LSTC family and look forward to working and learning with and among such thoughtful and engaged students, faculty, and staff,” Wagner said. “We live in a world that is in need of a good and challenging Word offered by preachers and leaders who are deeply informed by their context while rooted in a biblical vision of God's justice and peace. I am grateful to be joining a theological community that is committed to being Christ-centered, justice-driven, attentive to diversity, and responsive to context. And I hope, through scholarship, teaching, and collaborative conversation, to contribute to the important work already happening at LSTC."
Four years serving on the pastoral staff of a congregation in Virginia “fueled and informed” Wagner’s PhD work. Her research, teaching and scholarship in homiletics have focused on the role of the church and all of God’s people as proclaimers of the gospel in an ever-changing world. Her dissertation, “From the Depths: Preaching in Wake of Mass Violent Trauma,” rethinks the task of preaching to communities in the immediate aftermath of an incident of mass gun violence. She also believes that preaching requires a multidisciplinary perspective and did work in a variety of core areas during her PhD studies, allowing her a broad range of conversation partners in her scholarship and teaching. Wagner looks forward to continuing her work in preaching and trauma at LSTC, exploring the topic in both her scholarship and in the classroom.
While Wagner is committed research and scholarship in the practice of preaching, she has a deep passion for teaching. She holds an undergraduate degree in education, taught junior high and high school, and was a teaching assistant and instructor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
In addition to the bachelor of science degree in education from Miami University of Ohio and the PhD from Emory University, Wagner earned her master of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She received the Candler Excellence in Preaching Award and the Candler School of Theology Honors Scholarship.
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