Jane Strohl

  • Professor of Reformation History and Theology and First Lutheran, Los Angeles/Southwest California Synod Chair in Reformation Theology and History
  • GTU Core Doctoral Faculty – History
  • (510) 559-2720

One time when a colleague and I were having lunch together, we discussed the courses we would be offering in the next semester. She concluded, “Isn’t it incredible that we get to teach the things we love, work with students who care about stuff like Luther’s spirituality, and do it in this wonderful setting?” Indeed, I count being a part of this community a great blessing. The careful thought one must give to being Lutheran in an ecumenical environment enlivens my scholarly work and my life of faith. The cultural vitality of the Bay Area has helped me grow both more generous and more evangelical as a Christian. These opportunities to learn, learn, and learn some more make teaching all the more satisfying.


BA, Vassar College; MDiv, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg; MA, PhD, University of Chicago

Brief Professional History

Pastorate in Connecticut; Associate Professor of Church History, Luther Seminary; PLTS, 1996–

Select Special Service

Member, GTU Core Doctoral Faculty; ELCA delegate, Lutheran World Federation Eighth Assembly, Curitiba, 1990; Member, Lutheran-Orthodox Joint Commission, 1987–1997; Member, ELCA Department of Ecumenical Affairs Advisory Committee, 1992–1998

Select Publications

  • “Martin Luther in Daily Readings,” Spiritual Classics, ed. Paul Ofstedal, 1990 “Ministry in the Middle Ages and Reformation,” Called and Ordained: Lutheran Perspectives on the Office of the Ministry, ed. Marc Kolden and Todd Nichol, 1990
  • Introduction to Luther’s Spirituality, ed. and transl. by Philip D. W. Krey and Peter D. S. Krey (New York: Paulist Press, 2007): xxi-xxx.
  • “The Child in Luther’s Theology: ‘For What Purpose Do We Older Folks Exist, Other Than to Care for . . . the Young?’” in The Child in Christian Thought, ed. Marcia J. Bunge (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001): 134-159.