Craig A. Satterlee, who serves as the Alex Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Professor of Homiletics at LSTC, was elected bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on May 21. He will be installed as bishop on September 22. Dr. Satterlee joined the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago faculty in August 2000 and has occupied the Carlson Chair in Homiletics since late 2001.
“LSTC has a long, rich history of preparing fine preachers of the gospel, and Dr. Satterlee has been instrumental in setting the tone for all of that,” said James Nieman, president. “I have had the privilege of knowing Craig for many years and admire his abilities as a scholar, teacher, and leader in our church. It saddens me personally that he leaves our company now, but I am grateful that his gifts will enrich another part of the church. He is a vibrant example of how seminary and synod can be close partners in bearing witness to Jesus Christ.”
Dr. Satterlee serves as dean of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program. During his tenure at LSTC, Professor Satterlee has published eight books, including the “When God Speaks” series for The Alban Institute. His book, Preaching and Stewardship: Proclaiming God’s Invitation to Grow, was named a best resource for congregations by The Congregational Resource Guide. He has published scores of articles in print and online journals and has edited the “Preaching Helps” section of Currents in Theology and Mission since 2002. Satterlee has also been an active preacher and workshop presenter throughout the ELCA. He served as president of the North American Academy of Liturgy during 2012.
“It has been my incredible privilege to accompany LSTC’s gifted students as they claim their voices as preachers, proclaiming Christ as good news for the world,” Satterlee said. “At LSTC we teach students to be open to the Spirit calling through the church. Sometimes that openness can be life-changing and gracefully surprising even for the teacher.”
Satterlee has served as interim and sabbatical pastor to several congregations in the Chicago area. Before he joined LSTC’s faculty, he served congregations in Michigan and New York state. Satterlee holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and the University of Notre Dame. He is married to Cathy A. Satterlee and they are the parents of one daughter.
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