Lutherans gain new leader

Staff Writer

The Lutheran School of Theology recently named Esther Menn as dean and vice president of academic affairs.

Her five-year term began on Jan. 1 and her installation service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Augustana Chapel, 1100 E. 55th St.

“The faculty and I are working on moving into the future and the challenges and opportunities that we face,” Menn said. “Especially how the church makes a public witness.”

Menn said under her tenure she hopes to update the LSTC curriculum to include the economic climate and social justice issues.

“We’re having increasing diversity, interaction between cultures and interfaith,” Menn said. “We’re trying to address those straight on.”

The LSTC board elected her in May after President James Nieman recommended her.

“It’s the students at LSTC in all of our degree programs I’m keeping in focus during my deanship because their preparation for various ministries is at the heart of what we do,” Menn said.

Menn graduated from LSTC with a masters degree in 1985 and joined the faculty in 2001 as an associate professor of the Old Testament. She served as director of advanced studies from 2007 to 2013. She coordinates the Biblical Emphasis and organizes Jewish-Christian relation events. She organizes and leads the annual trip to Israel and Palestine.