Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago graduate, the Rev. Dr. M. Wyvetta Bullock, will be the preacher at the 148th commencement and Eucharist of her alma mater. Dr. Bullock, Executive for Administration, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Office of the Presiding Bishop, has been serving the ELCA and its predecessor bodies since 1981. Much of her career has been spent in the area of congregational ministries. She served as executive director of the ELCA's Division for Congregational Ministries from 1995 until 2005, when she joined the presiding bishop's staff.
ELCA Presiding Bishop, Mark Hanson, has spoken of Dr. Bullock as "a person of prayer and devout faith, (whose) leadership has exemplified an ability to stay grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ, focused on God's mission, committed to justice and oriented toward mentoring leaders."
Dr. Bullock holds a B.A. in human services administration from Antioch University, Philadelphia. She earned an M. Div. degree from LSTC in 1996 and completed a doctor of ministry in preaching degree in 2003. Bullock was honored in 2003 with LSTC's Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2004 Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa, presented her with an honorary doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Bullock is involved in other church and community leadership activities. She serves on the advisory board of LSTC's Multicultural Center. She is founder and chief executive officer of Equipping Leaders Ministries, Inc., Oak Park, Ill., pastoral associate at Bethel Lutheran Church, Chicago, and serves on the board of directors of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, Washington, D.C. Bullock has served in leadership positions at Bethel New Life, Inc. and United Lutheran Church; Bethphage Foundation, Omaha, Neb.; Parkside Pastoral Counseling Center, Park Ridge, Ill.; and Ulcart Credit Union, Philadelphia. She is a former co-host of Mosaic Television, ELCA Communication Services. Bullock has written and published several articles on subjects such as diversity, hospitality and prayer.
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