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LSTC names Ingrid Roeder its Wellness Ministry Coordinator

Posted Jan 13, 2009

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.

For more information about wellness at LSTC, contact Ingrid Roeder at or 773-516-1399. Her blog will be at 


The Rev. Dr. Terry Baeder
Dean of Community


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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