The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stewart Pero has been appointed director of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago’s Multicultural Center. Ms. Kimberley Ferguson has been appointed associate director of the center. Stewart Pero’s one-year appointment begins July 1, 2010.
Stewart Pero succeeds the Rev. Dr. José David Rodríguez, who will complete 18 months as director.
Leader in the church and among communities of color
Stewart Pero completed her Ph.D. in New Testament at LSTC in 2010 and became the first African American Lutheran woman to earn that degree. In 1980, she became the second African American woman ordained in the Lutheran Church in America (LCA). After briefly serving on the churchwide staff of the LCA, Stewart Pero served parishes in Chicago and worked in campus ministry for 12 years.
Stewart Pero also serves as Director of the Conference of International Black Lutherans (CIBL), an organization that brings together Black Lutherans from around the world for theological discussion and dialogue, to develop contextualized theological education programs, and works to facilitate the spiritual and physical liberation of all people.
During the 2009-2010 academic year Stewart Pero has been LSTC’s Pastor to the Community.
Offering hospitality and administrative support
Kimberley Ferguson brings years of experience providing a welcome and support to both visitors to and members of the LSTC community, but also to new refugees to the United States.
For ten years, Ferguson has served as one of the first people visitors meet when they call or come to LSTC. Her welcome sets the tone for their positive experience with LSTC. During her time at LSTC, Ferguson has offered administrative support to the finance office and, thanks to her understanding and interest in diverse cultural communities and gift for languages, she will now provide these qualities in a leadership role for the Multicultural Center.
Prior to coming to LSTC, Ferguson worked for World Relief, a non-profit agency that assisted refugees worldwide begin new lives in the U.S.
LSTC’s Multicultural Center
The Multicultural was formed as a partnership between LSTC and the Vocation and Education Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Its purpose is to increase the recruitment and preparation of leaders from African Descent, Arab-Middle Eastern, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander, and Latino/a communities. The Multicultural Center helps LSTC continue long-established initiatives and to develop new initiatives in this area. For more information visit http://centers.lstc.edu/mc/en-us/home.
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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.