LSTC News Release
Joan Beck appointed Cornelsen Director of Spiritual Formation
Posted May 20, 2010
The Rev. Joan Beck was elected the Floy L. and Paul F. Cornelsen Director of Spiritual Formation and Pastor to the Community at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago by the seminary’s Board of Directors during its meeting earlier this week. The appointment is for a renewable five-year term effective July 1, 2010.
“Pastor Beck brings experience as a spiritual director, in developing leaders who are able to serve people from diverse cultures, working with seminary students, and leading congregations. The LSTC community looks forward to the gifts she will share and call out from us,” said President James Kenneth Echols.
Endowed position to help students deepen their spiritual lives
During the late 1990s LSTC recognized the need to provide means for students to deepen their spiritual lives while they were being formed academically and practically as leaders of the church. Paul and the late Floy Cornelsen endowed the position of Director of Spiritual Formation and Pastor to the Community to ensure that LSTC always would be able to guide students in spiritual practices which will sustain them in their ministries.
The Rev. Joan Beck comes to LSTC from Portland, Ore., where she has served as solo pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church for 15 years. Since 2008, she has worked with seminary students at the Northwest House of Theological Studies, where she has been the Director of Field Education and taught homiletics. Pastor Beck has been a Lutheran campus minister and was pastor to three other churches in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a certificate in spiritual direction from the Mercy Center in San Francisco.
Pastor Beck graduated from Luther Seminary, but began her master of divinity degree at Christ Seminary-Seminex. She holds a B.A. from Valparaiso University and a master of arts in rhetoric from the University of Oregon. Her continuing education studies included studying Bowen family systems theory with Dr. Michael Nel and Dr. Peter Steinke. She participated in a three-year “Pastor-Theologian” program funded by the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J.
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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.