President of the Seminary and Professor of Practical Theology
The Rev. Dr. Theresa F. Latini serves as the first President of United Lutheran Seminary as well as Professor of Practical Theology. She comes to the presidency with extensive experience in theological education as an educator and administrator. She previously served as the George C. Weinman Chair of Pastoral Theology and Ministry at Luther Seminary and as an advisor to students in Luther’s Ph.D. program. Most recently, she was Associate Dean of Diversity and Cultural Competency and Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. She has expertise in conflict mediation and has consulted with congregations and judicatories throughout the United States. She has written two books and many articles on topics such as Christian vocation, congregational leadership, and racial reconciliation. An ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Latini’s background includes pastoral positions in Minneapolis, MN and Levittown, PA. She received both her M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. The PCUSA has been a full communion partner of the ELCA since 1997. Full Communion partners share a commitment to interchange of clergy and an official recognition of agreement in essential doctrines and sacramental understanding.
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