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The Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen

Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology

Phone: 717-338-3007


The Dean of Gettysburg Seminary, Dr. Kristin Johnston 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. She is committed to the training of public theologians at Gettysburg Seminary, and believes strongly in the relevance of systematic theology both to one's public ministry and to one's personal faith life.

Previous to her arrival at 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 serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue.

She is the author of What Christians Can Learn from Buddhism: Rethinking Salvation (Fortress Press); Baby Krishna, Infant Christ: A Comparative Theology of Salvation (Orbis Books) and Finding God among Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Systematic Theology (Fortress Press).

She loves running, reading, and playing the harp. She is married to John Largen, currently a pastor in the Gettysburg Area. They have one very sweet Jack Russell Terrier, Henry.


B.A., The Colorado College, 1990
M.Div., Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, 1997
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 2002
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