Faculty News

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Diane Hymans

Diane Hymans, professor of Christian education and associate academic dean, was the keynote speaker at an event titled “Nurturing Faith at Home,” sponsored by the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the ELCA on October 26. She also attended the annual meeting of the Religious Education Association in Boston, November 8-10.

Henry J. (Hank) Langknecht

Henry J. Langknecht, Haman-Pfahler Professor of Christian Communications and professor of homiletics and Christian communications, is serving this school year as Acting Director of Contextual Education. He served as the Bible Study leader for Holden on the Road last summer at Trinity, and attended a meeting about a Lilly Endowment-funded project focused on reducing clergy indebtedness, which at Trinity is called “The Isaiah Project.” He also served as preacher for Zion Lutheran Church (Ladona Webb ’10), North Manchester, Indiana, to commemorate the reinstallation of its upgraded, 100-year-old windows. In November, he spent 10 days in Santa Ana, El Salvador, with Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Builds, and he continues to contribute to workingpreacher.org and Sundays & Seasons.

May Schwarz

May Schwarz, professor of church music and director of the Master of Arts in Church Music program, presented the workshop, “If Worship is a VERB, How Can I Keep from Singing,” at a Northeastern Ohio Synod gathering, October 19, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Berea, Ohio.  She also served as musician for the service led by Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Peter Perella, of the ELCA worship staff. On November 1, Professor Schwarz directed Trinity Seminary Choir in Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Gloria Dei Worship Center.  She directed the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and Messiah-Sing-Along audience, including members of Trinity Seminary Choir, at the Southern Theatre, Columbus, on December 13, 2013, and was later broadcast over WOSU-TV.