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The Rev. Dr. Gilson A. C. Waldkoenig

The Rev. Dr. Gilson A. C. Waldkoenig

Professor of Church in Society in the B.B. Maurer Chair in Town and Country Ministry
Phone: 717.338.3029

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This faculty position is also currently supported by the Paulssen/Hale endowed chair fund. 

Gil works in ecological ethics, ethnography of religion and the church in rural society. His recent courses have been Ecology and Religion; EcoTheology in Northern Appalachia (immersion seminar); Places of Faith: Ethnography of Religion; Rural and Small Church Ministries and Environmental History of Christianity. Gil has taught also for Lancaster Theological Seminary and Payne Theological Seminary. He serves in the BB Maurer Chair for Town and Country Church Ministry and directs TCCI, and collaborates in the Blessed Earth Seminary Stewardship Alliance, GreenFaith: Interfaith Partners for the Environment and Lutherans Restoring Creation.


B.A. Gettysburg College, 1985
M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, 1989
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1994


 Selected Publications:


"From Commodity to Community: Churches and the Land They Own," The Cresset LXXVII: 5, 2013 "Scenes and Means of Grace," Dialog: A Journal of Theology Winter, 2011 "Margins and Hope," sermon for Earth Ministry (2011) "E.W. Mueller," Journal of Lutheran Ethics (July 2011) "Country Life Movement," Encyclopedia of Rural America (Grey House, 2008) "Lutherans" and other articles, Encyclopedia of Appalachia (U. Tenn. Press, 2006) Cooperating Congregations: Profiles of Mission Strategies, with Wm. O. Avery (Alban, 2000) Symbiotic Community: E.W. Mueller's Response to the Rural Social Crisis (UPA, 1996) The Lost Land: E.W. Mueller's Vision for Regional Community, editor (Tyrone, 1995)