Kelly K. Faulstich

Kelly K. Faulstich is pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Chicago.  A graduate of Valparaiso University, she spent her summers during college working at Lutheran camps in Colorado and Indiana where she began to embrace her call to public ministry with God’s people of all ages.  Following college, she headed to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where she received her Master of Divinity degree and completed an internship at the International Lutheran Church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  In 2013, she completed her Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching from LSTC.  Having previously served congregations in Warren, Ohio and River Forest, Illinois, Kelly now makes her home on the northside of Chicago with her husband, Justin.


Joshua Hollmann

Rev. Dr. Hollmann is Chair of the Theology Department and Associate Professor of Theology. He also serves as Director of the Stephens Initiative for Service Learning. His teaching and research interests are Christian-Muslim relations, comparative religion, philosophy and the western religions, philosophy of religion, and Christian thought and history. Dr. Hollmann has lectured and taught at universities and seminaries in India, Sudan, Canada, Turkey, Haiti and the Philippines. He has led student-learning-service trips to Nicaragua, the Philippines and Quebec. He also studied at Hangzhou University and the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Religious Concordance: Nicholas of Cusa and Christian-Muslim Dialogue (Brill, 2017). He is co-editor of Nicholas of Cusa and the Making of the Early Modern World (Brill, 2018). In addition, he has published articles and chapters in books and presented at numerous academic conferences. He is recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Doctoral Research Fellowship and other awards. Rev. Dr. Hollmann pastored a multicultural Lutheran congregation in Montreal, and now serves as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in New York City (Woodside, Queens). He is also Second Vice President of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.


Deaconess Kristin Lewis serves as Interim Campus Minister at Valparaiso University and is the regular preacher at Candlelight on Sunday nights, and she serves as the ministry mentor for the Peer Ministry team, the Morning Prayer team, the Candlelight worship team, and BRO/SIS. Deaconess Kristin believes that we are called and created to be in community. That understanding our own story and our world is best done in and through community. Deaconess Kristin loves conversations about life over a latte and the opportunity to walk with students during this key college years. She also helps coordinate the chaos of family life with her husband Jeff, children Parker (8), Atley (4) and Elyn (4) and crazy dog Rudy.

Deaconess Kristin was consecrated at the Lutheran Deaconess Association in 2010. She holds a master of arts in ministry from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a bachelor of arts in government and communications from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D.


Sally Messner

Institute’s Schola Director (2019-2021)

Sally Messner is the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of South Lyon (Michigan) and is founding musical director of the Elm Ensemble, a liturgical project bringing together professional and amateur musicians with great sacred music to help keep the church in dialogue with diverse voices from Christian history. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Valparaiso University(’02) in Indiana and a Master of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Brooke Petersen

Rev. Dr. Brooke Petersen is a pastor, clinical pastoral theologian and licensed professional counselor.  Brooke currently serves as a psychotherapist at the Spiritual Life Center in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago. Brooke graduated from LSTC in 2006 and served Irving Park Lutheran Church in Chicago.  She finished a PhD in Pastoral Theology, Personality and Culture at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2017, focusing her research on the experience of religious trauma among queer persons in the church.  She teaches as an adjunct faculty person at both McCormick and LSTC, focusing on Mental Illness and Pastoral Theology, Ritual and Advanced Pastoral Care. Brooke recently finished a call as the interim pastor at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square.  _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld

Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld was elected Bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin on May 6, 2018.  Prior to her election she served congregations in the Greater Milwaukee Synod and in Beloit, Wisconsin.  She currently serves as the co-chair of the Task Force on Women and Justice, ELCA; the Executive Board of the Women of the ELCA; and serves on the South-Central Synod of WI Racial Equity Team.  She served for six years on the Board of Trustees (Governance Com vice-chair) of the Mission Investment Fund as well as the ELCA Representative to the Illinois Synod Candidacy Team.  Bringing a rich history in community involvement while serving in congregations and on several synodical and churchwide teams, Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld envisions a synod that is a model for welcoming all people to God’s table.  Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld is married to the Rev. Fred Thomas-Breitfeld, pastor of Jackson Park Lutheran Church, Milwaukee.  They have two adult children, Leota and Sean, two son-in-laws and three grandchildren.



Valerie Webdell

Deaconess Valerie Webdell holds a degree in Piano and Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Having directed both school and auditioned choirs, from 1995-2003 she was the Artistic Director of the Southlake Children’s Choir in Northwest Indiana. She is a published composer of several pieces of children’s choral literature. As a pianist, she enjoys playing for worship and theatrical productions. She had a private piano studio for children and adults from 2002-2018. Currently, Valerie serves as Co-Director of Education and Formation at the Lutheran Diaconal Association where she helps to train and form women and men as Lutheran Deaconesses and Deacons.


The Very Reverend John Witcombe

John is Dean of Coventry, carrying responsibility for the overall leadership of the Cathedral’s ministry both locally and internationally.  Coventry Cathedral is well known for its pioneering work in reconciliation, following its destruction in November 1940.  The new Cathedral, consecrated in 1962, is an outstanding example of twentieth century art and architecture, combining the medieval ruins and new building in a narrative journey from destruction to the hope of new life.  John, has a background in Practical Theology, and an M. Phil in the atonement theology of Tillich and Rahner, and is passionate about weaving the threads of reconciliation and the arts into a contemporary witness which is offered to all, regardless of faith or background.







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