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Joshua Ebener receives James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching

Posted Jun 2, 2009

2009 Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago master of divinity graduate Joshua Ebener received the James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching for 2009. The award was presented at the LSTC’s 149th commencement on May 17. Ebener received a $500 award.

Ebener and two other members of the class of 2009 preached on Romans 12:9-21. The competition is open to Lutheran students currently enrolled in the master of divinity program at LSTC and a candidate for ordination in a Lutheran denomination. Contestants must have completed or currently be enrolled in an LSTC preaching class.

Josh Ebener has been assigned to the Southwest California Synod and is in the process of seeking a call to serve a congregation.

In 2007, Mr. LeRoy T. and Mrs. Margaret Carlson, long-time generous supporters of LSTC, established the James Kenneth Echols Excellence in Preaching Prize. Its purpose is to promote the quality and excellence of preaching, to inspire students at LSTC to fully use their varied gifts to improve their preaching skills, to increase the visibility and importance of preaching the Gospel on the LSTC campus and the world beyond, and to recognize the Rev. Dr. James Kenneth Echols and his many contributions to LSTC by naming the prize in his honor.

To listen to all three 2009 Preaching Prize sermons, visit



Patti DeBias
Assistant to the President

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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