Acting on the Evangelical Lutheran Church's initiatives to promote wellness among its leaders, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago has named Ingrid Roeder (2008, M.A.), its Wellness Ministry Coordinator.
Roeder is a personal trainer who has specialized in medical exercise for over 14 years. She will work with and train students, spouses, faculty, and staff in groups and individually. She is able to consult on a wide variety of topics related to health, exercise, and wellness including exercise training programs, fitness assessments, specific medical concerns, injuries, and nutrition. Roeder's approach is holistic and will include spiritual art workshops and cooking classes.
In a December news release, the ELCA noted that the voluntary health assessments taken by 11,000 pastors, church workers, and spouses, reveal that ELCA church leaders are at risk for poor nutrition (76%) , being overweight (67%), poor emotional health (60%), high blood pressure (57%), lack of exercise (50%), and high cholesterol (23%). "With Ingrid's help, LSTC hopes to change the wellness practices of future leaders of the church," said Dean of Community Terry Baeder.
As a student at LSTC, Roeder offered stretch/core strengthening and "ecumenical plyometrics" classes for anyone from the 12 Chicago-area seminaries.
The Rev. Dr. Terry Baeder
Dean of Community
The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.