FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“I welcome this opportunity to help lead our outstanding faculty at this important time in Gettysburg Seminary's history.” -- Kristin Largen
April 23, 2014 (Gettysburg, Penna.) Gettysburg Seminary announced today that the Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen will serve as Interim Dean of the Seminary beginning June 1st. Largen currently serves as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology in the Seminary’s 14 member faculty.
The announcement was made by President Michael Cooper-White following the spring meeting of the Seminary’s Board of Directors, who acted on the President’s recommendation. “I am delighted that Dr. Largen agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the Seminary, and that my nomination was so enthusiastically endorsed as the Board of Directors appointed her to succeed Dean Robin Steinke,” he said. “Her passionate commitment to theological education, dedication to our students and high regard for faculty colleagues will ensure continuing strong momentum in our academic and community life.”
Largen will step into the leadership role left by the Rev. Dr. Robin Steinke, who was recently elected to serve as President of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. Steinke is concluding her 12th year as Dean of the Seminary and will depart for St. Paul later this spring.
Largen expressed appreciation for the “exemplary leadership Robin Steinke has provided these last years. We will miss her greatly, even as we rejoice with her on her new call.” Largen continued, “I welcome this opportunity to help lead our outstanding faculty at this important time in Gettysburg Seminary's history.” Largen is working at the center of a faculty project to develop new forms of curriculum for ministry preparation, a creative process at a time when seminaries across North America are rethinking theological education. “I am confident in our ability to move forward in creative new ways,” she continued, “to successfully meet new challenges with nimble and novel responses."
Largen joined the faculty in the summer of 2006, bringing a diverse and expansive background in systematic theology. She teaches a variety of theological loci courses, with a particular focus on soteriology. She also teaches comparative theology, and specializes in Buddhism and Hinduism.
Before coming to Gettysburg Seminary she taught at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Largen is an ordained member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and has received theological training at Wartburg Theological Seminary, the Augustana Hochschule in Neuendettelsau, Germany, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where she earned her doctoral degree. She is the editor of Dialog: a Journal of Theology, and is the author of What Christians Can Learn from Buddhism: Rethinking Salvation (Fortress Press, 2009); and Baby Krishna, Infant Christ: A Comparative Theology of Salvation (Orbis Books, 2011). Most recently, her the landmark Finding God among Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Systematic Theology, (2013) was published by Fortress Press.