Faculty News

Trinity faculty are regularly engaged with the church and society. Recent faculty news includes:

Emlyn A. Ott

Emlyn Ott, dean of Leadership Formation and associate professor of ministry and pastoral leadership, taught a D. Min. course through Bexley Seabury on congregational systems.  She continued her work with Ronald Heifetz at Harvard Kennedy School and participated in a pilot project of HKS that combines distance components with small group coaching experiences in adaptive leadership.  She represented Trinity first-call candidates at the assignment meeting in February; preached and led adult education at University Lutheran, East Lansing, Mich.; and preached and presided on Easter at Solomon, McConnelsville, and Jerusalem and St. Paul in Roseville, Ohio. She continues to participate in a research group on Bowen theory and congregational leadership through the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington D.C.  Her article, “A maturing faith,” appears in the May 2015 issue of The Lutheran.

Paul D. Numrich

Paul Numrich, professor of world religions and interreligious relations, consulted on the planning of the ELCA’s 2015 Convocation of Teaching Theologians, to be held at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, with the theme “The Immigrant Church in the United States and Canada: Past, Present, and Future”; gave a presentation titled “Christians in a Multireligious America” at First Community Church, Columbus; published the book, Religion and Community in the New Urban America, co-authored with sociologist Elfriede Wedam (Oxford University Press, 2015); published a review of Amos Yong’s book, The Cosmic Breath: Spirit and Nature in the Christianity-Buddhism-Science Trialogue, in Buddhist-Christian Studies 34 (2014): 230-234; and published an article titled “The Problem with Sex according to Buddhism” on the Fair Observer Website.

Rick Barger

Rick Barger, president, led a January-term course on leadership and mission that included a week in Colorado at Abiding Hope, Littleton, and a week in Haiti. He was the keynote speaker at the Northwest Ohio Synod Theological Conference in January at Sawmill Creek; spoke at a cluster gathering, Feb. 19, at Clinton Heights Lutheran, Columbus; co-led a Haiti immersion trip in February for three Trinity alumni: Jonathan Eilert (‘97), Lorne Hlad (’13), and Fritz Wiese (‘94), and ELCA congregations: Prince of Peace, Loveland, Ohio; Christ Our Shepherd, Peachtree City, Ga.; and Epiphany, Suwanee, Ga. President Barger also was keynote speaker at the Allegheny Synod CTiM event on March 7; was co-leader of a Leadership Recruitment Summit for TLS alumni, April 13-15, at St. Stephen, Longwood, Fla.; was keynote speaker at the lay pastors’ annual gathering, April 15, in Beavercreek, Ohio; participated in the Contextual Education Consultation, April 19-21, at Trinity; presented at All Saints, Worthington, on April 19 and 26; and preached on May 8 at the closing Eucharist at the ELCA Larger Church Annual Conference, Ft. Myers, Fla. This spring, President Barger will speak at synod assemblies throughout Region 6; offer the keynote presentation at Central States Synod Assembly, June 4-5, at Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan.; will preach and lead a Bible Study for the Lutheran Chautauqua Week, June 21-26, at Lakeside, Ohio; and will preach at Zion, San Antonio, Texas; Emmanuel, Naples, Fla.; and St. John’s, Celina, Ohio.

Brad A. Binau

Brad Binau, academic dean and professor of pastoral theology, began his six-month sabbatical by visiting the Seminary of the Nordkirche in Germany and partnering with Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt and Pastor Bill Rauch of the Southern Ohio Synod in visiting congregations in northern Germany. Binau then participated in Dr. Jason Fout’s J-Term course, “Learning from London,” a stimulating introduction to urban ministry in the Diocese of London. The bulk of his sabbatical time will be spent configuring the aspects of the new 2+2 curriculum that will be delivered in context beginning in the fall of 2016.

Cheryl M. Peterson

Cheryl M. Peterson, associate professor of systematic theology, presented The Use of the Means of Grace for the Southern Ohio Synod’s Annual Bishop’s Theological Convocation on March 17; presented a paper entitled, “A Lutheran Reflection on the Possibilities and Challenges of an Official International Dialogue with Pentecostals,” at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, March 12-14, at Southeastern University, Lakeland, Fla.; had two book chapters published: “Healing as an Image for the Atonement: A Lutheran Consideration” in Justification in a Post-Christian Society, ed. Carl-Henric Grenholm and Göran Gunner (Pickwick, 2014) and “The Holy Spirit and Preaching in Martin Luther” in Holy Spirit: Unfinished Agenda, ed. Johnson T. K. Lim (Singapore: Armour Publishing & Word N Works, 2014). Her article, “The Church Transformed,” was published in the Autumn 2014 issue of the (LTSG) Seminary Ridge Review.

Walter F. Taylor, Jr.

Walter F. Taylor Jr., Ernest W. and Edith S. Ogram Professor of New Testament Studies, was co-presenter at the ordination of Inge Williams, November 21, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Brookville, Ohio; participated in the ordination of Adam Forbes, November 17, 2014, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Worthington, Ohio; participated in the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 21-25, held in San Diego, Calif.; was co-leader with Cheryl Peterson of the Middle East Study Seminar to Israel and Palestine during January Term 2015; taught an adult course on “Philippians,” February 15 and 22, 2015, at All Saints Lutheran Church, Worthington; led a seminar on “Table and Font” regarding communing the unbaptized, on March 12, at Penn-Zion’s Lutheran Church in Harrison City, Penn.; and spoke on “Paul” at a retreat for the Lay Ministries Training Program of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod, March 20-21, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lansing, Mich.

Joy A. Schroeder

Joy Schroeder, professor of church history and Bergener Professor of Theology and Religion with Capital University, published an article on the martyrs Perpetua and Felicity, entitled “Ultimate Price,” in the March 2015 issue of Gather, the ELCA women’s magazine. Schroeder ‘s book Deborah's Daughters: Gender Politics and Biblical Interpretation (Oxford University Press, 2014) was the featured topic of a panel discussion at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in San Diego, in November 2014.