Professor emeritus of christian education

hughes mary
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Only when what’s in my head matches what’s in my heart do I begin to know more fully what it means to be a child of God. This connection between being rooted and growing is the basis of lifelong learning, learning that never ends.

--"Is That All There Is?" Parish Teacher


B.S., East Tennessee State University, 1969; M.A., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1979; Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1988; Director of Christian Education: Peoria, IL, 1970-71; Burlington, NC, 1971-77; LCA Deployed Staff in Christian Education, Ohio and Michigan Synods, 1979-81; Assistant Professor of Christian Education, Trinity, 1981-84; Associate Professor of Christian Education, Trinity, 1984-91; Dean of Community Life, Mission, and Ministry, Trinity, 1990-96; Acting Academic Dean, Trinity, 1998-99; Professor of Christian Education, Trinity, 1991- ; Co- Director, Center for Educational Ministry in the Parish, Trinity, 2002- ; Director of M.A. in Lay Ministry/Master of Theological Studies Programs, 2002-; Director of Certificate Program, 2003-; Luther Frederick and Mary Ruth Slater Keil Professor of Christian Education, 2008-2011; Senior Research Professor 2011-2013.


  • "Confirmation Ministry: Models and Stories."  Confirmation: Engaging Lutheran Foundations and Practices. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1999.
  • "Exploring Opportunities for Adult Education." Lifelong Learning: A Guide to Adult Education in the Church, ed. Rebecca Grothe, Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1997. Co-author.
  • A Nation Turns to God. Augsburg Adult Bible Studies (June-August 1995). Co-author.
  • "One Faith, Many Facets." Parish Teacher (November 1992).
  • Selecting Curriculum Resources. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1992.
  • "Christian Education and Evangelism." A video tape in the Trinity series Seminary in the Parish, 1992.
  • "What Can You Teach a Kid, Anyway?" "What Tune Are You Humming for Your Teenagers?" and "Is That All There Is?" A 3-part teacher enrichment series in Parish Teacher (September-November, 1991).
  • Mission90 Bible Study/Witness. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1991. Co-author.
  • "Sexuality Education in the Congregation." A video in Seminary in the Parish, 1989
  • "Adult Learning in the Congregation." An audio tape in the Resource series of Augsburg Fortress, 1989.
  • "The Administration of Christian Education." In Education for Christian Living. Augsburg, 1987.
  • "The Faith of Our Children." A video in Seminary in the Parish, 1986