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The Rev. Dr. Raymond Pickett elected to LSTC faculty

Posted May 26, 2009

The board of directors of the Lutheran School of Theology, on the recommendation of the faculty, elected the Rev. Dr. Raymond Pickett to be professor of New Testament at the seminary, effective September 1, 2009.

"Dr. Pickett is an outstanding New Testament scholar and teacher, whose skill in teaching the Bible has caught the attention of Christians in many circles of conversation--biblical scholars in the academy as well as pastoral colleagues, seminary students, and lay leaders seeking to root their lives and ministries deep in the scriptures,” said Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kathleen D. “Kadi” Billman. 

Dr. Pickett earned the master of arts degree from Oral Roberts University, the master of divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary and the doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Sheffield, England. He was ordained in 1989 and served congregations in Kansas and Oklahoma. Since 1996 he has served on the faculty of the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest, a joint program of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Wartburg Theological Seminary located in Austin, Texas.

Pickett has published, The Cross in Corinth: The Social Significance of the Death of Jesus (Sheffield Academic Press, 1997) and “Conflict at Corinth” in Christian Origins: A Peoples’ History of Christianity, Vol. 1 (Fortress Press, 2005). His research interests include social, cultural, and political interpretations of biblical texts. Pickett is currently writing a book on the Gospel of Luke.

In addition to teaching in the classroom and online, Pickett has served the church as a representative on the Southwestern Texas Synod Candidacy Committee and Scholar-in-Residence at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas. He has also served on the Southwestern Texas Synod Task Force on Homosexuality. He has been an advocate for ministry that engages and learns from cultural difference and has helped develop LSPS’s program to help the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America better serve the rapidly-growing Hispanic-Latino communities in the United States.


The Rev. Dr. Kathleen D. Billman
Dean and V.P. of Academic Affairs

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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