For Immediate Release
Gettysburg Seminary announced this week that Jerusalem based pastor and scholar Angela Zimmann will return to Gettysburg Seminary to serve as Advancement and Communications Executive and to assist in the teaching of preaching to seminarians.
Zimmann will also assist the dean and faculty in a new, Lilly endowment funded “Abundant Life” project, designing innovative curricular approaches to make theological education at Gettysburg more accessible and affordable.
Returning from East Jerusalem, Zimmann will begin work at the Seminary mid-August. In her own words, "the time I spent as a student within the community of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg had a profoundly positive influence on my life and ministry. It is with great enthusiasm and joy that I return to the Seminary this August. I pray that I am enabled to give back a small portion of the many rich blessings received from this holy institution."
Most recently, Zimmann has served in Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine as Pastor and Special Assistant to Bishop Dr. Munib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation. She has also served as a leader of the English congregation at Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. She has also served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Riga, MI 2004-2012, ran for congress in the 5th District of Ohio, and worked part time for Bowling Green University. She has taught preaching courses at Gettysburg Seminary occasionally since 2007.
In addition to receiving a Master of Divinity (1998, with honors) degree from Gettysburg Seminary, Zimmann holds a Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Writing from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH as well as a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH.
“In Angela Zimmann we are bringing to the Seminary a multi-talented pastor, professor and public theologian,” said seminary President Michael Cooper-White. “Her background as parish pastor, teacher of preaching, school board member and candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives testify to her ability to meet people, offer strong public witness, inspire and teach students, and garner resources. We are delighted to welcome the Rev. Dr. Zimmann and her family to the Seminary community.”
In working with Advancement staff led by the Rev. Glenn Ludwig, VP of Seminary Advancement, Zimmann will focus on the Metro D.C. area. “We are excited to welcome her to the Advancement team,” said Ludwig, “her proven experience in fund-raising, love of the church and the seminary, and passion for the Gospel will serve us well.” She will assist the seminary in social media and other digital communication efforts as well.
Zimmann is married to the Rev. Martin Otto Zimmann, also an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and together have two children, Seth and Chelsea.