The Executive Committee of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Board of Directors, on the recommendation of the faculty, elected the Rev. Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony to be assistant professor of church history at the seminary, effective July 1, 2008.
Dr. Vethanayagamony earned his Th.M. (2000) and Ph.D. (2006), with distinction, at LSTC. His dissertation will soon be published by one of the most distinguished Christian publishing houses in India. Since fall 2006, Dr. Vethanayagamony has been visiting professor of church history at LSTC. In addition to survey courses in church history, he has taught "Lutheran Confessional Heritage," "History of Christianity in Asia," a doctor of ministry course, "Mission and Ecumenism," and guided the J Term rural immersion course. During the 2007-08 academic year he is serving as acting associate director of the Chicago Center for Global Ministries. While completing his Ph.D., Vethanayagamony was an adjunct faculty member at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Dr. Vethanayagamony holds three separate masters degrees in philosophy, theology and history, as well as three separate bachelors degrees, in theology, divinity, and education from Indian institutions. He taught for 16 years at the Hindustan Bible Institute and College. He was part of the growth and development of a fully accredited, international, ecumenical institution that confers the degrees of B.Th., B.D. (equivalent of the M.Div.), and M.Th. Dr. Vethanayagamony also served that institution as academic dean from 1993 to 1998.
From 1990 - 94, Vethanayagamony taught at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai, India. In the 1990s, he regularly taught M.Th. level students, directing theses, and served as external examiner for the Senate of Serampore College. He is the author of two church history textbooks which were published in India.
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