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June 12, 2003 ELCA News Service
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Peters to Serve as Interim President at Lutheran Seminary

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Chicago (ELCA)-JAC* — The Rev. Ted F. Peters was appointed interim president of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) June 7. Peters, appointed by the executive committee of the PLTS board of directors, will serve a term of at least one year. He fills the office left vacant after the unexpected death of the Rev. Timothy F. Lull, who died May 20.

Peters is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Peters was educated at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, and the University of Chicago. Trinity and PLTS are two of eight ELCA seminaries.

Before joining PLTS in 1978, Peters served congregations in Illinois and New York and was a faculty member at Loyola University, Chicago, and Newberry College, an ELCA higher education institution in Newberry S.C. He teaches systematic theology at both PLTS and at Graduate Theological Union, where he is a member of the core doctoral faculty.

"We are delighted that such a wise, dedicated and experienced long-time member of the PLTS faculty is willing to serve the seminary, the ELCA and the mission of the church as our interim president," said the Rev. Steven L. McKinley, chair of the board of directors. "With Ted Peters in charge, PLTS is in good hands."

Peters has been involved in several literary publications as editor of "Dialog, A Journal of Theology," co-editor of "Theology and Science," author of "GOD — The World's Future," "God as Trinity," "Science, Theology, and Ethics" and other books.

"I am honored that both the faculty and the board have given me this mandate to serve as interim president," said Peters. "This is genuinely an interim of grieving the loss of Tim Lull and anticipating the next phase of the seminary's growth. We look forward to a fall semester with a strong academic program and creative activities in support of the larger church's mission."

* Jessica A. Crane is completing her bachelor of arts degree at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. This summer she is an intern with ELCA News and Media production.

Information for this article was provided by Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.