Theme and Presenters

 The Theme for the 2016 Southern Ohio Synod Assembly was ...

Being Church Together: Building the Body of Christ, Telling the Good News.

The scripture is Luke 2:8-17.

Assembly Presenters:

Dr. Kathryn Johnson, Director for ELCA Ecumenical, Inter-Religious Relations   •  Representing the ELCA

            Dr. Kathryn Johnson is a professor of historical theology and is the Paul Tudor Jones Professor of Church History at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Johnson joins Kathryn M. Lohre, assistant to the presiding bishop and executive of ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations.

            Dr. Johnson earned a doctorate in religious studies at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and a Master of Arts degree at Cambridge University, England. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. St. Olaf is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities.

            She also has served as assistant general secretary for ecumenical affairs and acting director for theology and studies at The Lutheran World Federation in Geneva. The ELCA is the communion's only member church from the United States. The highlight of her time at the federation was the Mennonite Action at the 11th Assembly in 2010, an act of repentance and reconciliation with churches of the Mennonite-Anabaptist tradition. 

Rev. Dr. Cheryl Peterson, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology  •  Workshop Presenter

            A pastor and teacher, Rev. Dr. Cheryl Peterson (Ph.D., 2004), Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, exemplifies the ecumenical emphasis in Marquette’s Department of Theology. From 2000-2005, she and her husband Charles, who did his doctoral work in Philosophy at Marquette, together served as the pastors of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Wisconsin Avenue just west of the Marquette campus. Today, she is publishing journal articles on pneumatology and ecumenism and book chapters on Lutheran ecclesiology while teaching at Trinity.