Kyle Schiefelbein

    Coordinator of Online Education
    Lecturer in Liturgical and Theological Studies

    (510) 559-2754

A native of Minnesota, soon-to-be-Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein is Lecturer in Liturgical and Theological Studies and Coordinator of Online Education, where he oversees the Flexible Life M.Div. option and teaches courses in history, theology and worship.  Kyle has a passion for the church and enjoys working with students to figure out how to best proclaim the gospel in our contemporary context.  While he stays pretty busy with work, church and school, Kyle finds times to hang out with friends, go to movies and walk around the East Bay, taking in the beauty of God’s creation.

What does it mean to be a seminary in the 21st century?  The only way to answer this question is to ask what it means to be the church in the 21st century.  In an article written 20 years ago, scholar of American religion Mark Noll wrote that Lutherans, even though their influence in the larger history of American Christianity has been limited, have much to offer American religious life, especially as it relates to who God is and who the human person is (“The Lutheran Difference,” First Things no. 20 [Feb. 1992]: 31-40).  In order to accomplish this task, Noll wrote that Lutherans must remain authentically Lutheran and figure out how to speak Lutheranism with an American tone.  I believe that this is why seminary education has, is and will continue to remain a vital resource for Lutherans in the United States; it is in our seminary classrooms and our contextual education sites that our students learn to do just that.  Yes, the face of theological education is changing, and it must change to address the 21st-century world, but I believe that strong, academically-grounded and pastorally-relevant programs are still key, and that is what PLTS is doing.

Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Theological Union, proposed dissertation title: “Sin and Brokenness, Passage and Purpose: Reforms in Recent American Rites for the Pastoral Care of the Sick”
M.Div., Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
B.A. summa cum laude, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, History and German Studies, honors thesis: “German Secularism versus American Ecclesiasticism: Cultural Views of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership Program Graduate

Professional History
Coordinator of Online Education, PLTS (2013-)
Lecturer in Liturgical and Theological Studies, PLTS (2011-)
Online Learning Coordinator, Graduate Theological Union (2008-13)
Teaching Assistant/Associate, PLTS (2007-)
Teaching Assistant, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN (2005-07)
Licensed Minister of Word and Sacrament, St. John Lutheran Church, Morgan, MN (2005)
Project Manager, Church Innovations Institute, St. Paul, MN (2004-07)

Special Service
Assessment Taskforce, PLTS; Educause representative, GTU; call, worship and catechumenate committees, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco; executive board member, Lutherans Concerned/San Francisco-Bay Area; local planning committee, North American Academy of Liturgy; Technology in Theological Education group member, Association of Theological Schools

Select Publications
Contributor, Sundays and Seasons 2014: Year A and Sundays and Seasons 2015: Year B (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2013 and forthcoming).
Review of Ritualizing Nature: Renewing Christian Liturgy in a Time of Crisis by H. Paul Santmire, Theology and Science 8, no. 1 (February 2010): 119.
“The Experience of Grace Revealed to the Church: Tillich and Rahner on Method and Sacrament,” Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society 36, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 22-27.
“‘Receive this Oil as a Sign of Forgiveness and Healing’: A Brief History of the Anointing of the Sick and Its Use in Lutheran Worship,” Word & World 30, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 51-62.
“The Theology of Atonement in Eastern Orthodoxy and Lutheranism Viewed through Hymnody,” Dialog 48, no. 4 (Winter 2009): 330-339.
“In the Voices of Those Who Knew Him: An Introduction to Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” Word & World 26, no. 1 (January 2006): 77-85.
Co-author and co-editor, Church FutureFinder User Guide rev. eds. (Saint Paul, MN: Church Innovations Institute, 2004-06).

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