LSTC News Release
LSTC alum elected bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia
Posted May 3, 2012
Rev. D. Jensen Seyenkulo
The Rev. Dr. D. Jensen Seyenkulo (1992, Th.M.; 1999, Ph.D.) was elected bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL) on April 28, 2012. He was elected on the first ballot, with 59.62% of the vote. Dr. Seyenkulo, a pastor of the LCL who has also served as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will be installed and take office on July 1. A celebration of his election will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western Avenue, Park Forest, Ill., on June 9 at 1 p.m.
The 152-year-old Lutheran Church in Liberia has tripled in size over the last 20 years. Its almost 75,000 members have been deeply affected by 14 years of civil war and is in a period of healing and peace-building. Seyenkulo told the church’s convention, “Our future is bright because of the wealth of young people we have who are so strongly committed to the ministry. . .We have a lot to offer for the building of our own faith and for the faith of those who do not yet know our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Dr. Seyenkulo is currently serving as the ELCA program director for disability ministries and support of rostered leaders in the Congregational and Synodical Mission unit. He has taught in the ELCA’s Theological Educaiton for Emerging Ministries program. Prior to his call to the ELCA Churchwide offices, Seyenkulo was pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Chicago, Ill. In Liberia, he was pastor of the Bong Mine Parish and the Gbarnga Parish. He was an instructor at the Gbarnga School of Theology, a joint venture of the Episcopal and Methodist churches.
With Dick Thompson, a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod pastor, Seyenkulo is founder of the Kuwaa Mission, a venture of ELCA and LCMS congregations and the Liberian church. The Kuwaa Mission provides wells and clean water for the Kuwaa area of Liberia.
Read the article about Rev. Jensen Seyenkulo in the Chicago Tribune
Seyenkulo holds degrees from the Gbarnga School of Theology and Luther Seminary in addition to the degrees he earned at LSTC. While at the Gbarnga School of Theology, he was chosen by the Lutheran World Federation to represent the continent of Africa at the Lutheran seminary in São Leopoldo, Brazil, for a year. He serves on the Metropolitan Chicago Synod (ELCA) candidacy committee and has taught in that synod’s Diakonia program.
Seyenkulo is married to the Rev. Linda Johnson Seyenkulo, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Park Forest, Ill. They have three children, Apu, Kenata, and Yongor.
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 provide 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 pastors in urban, suburban and rural parishes; as bishops and heads of U.S. and international agencies; and as professors at colleges and seminaries in many countries -- as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice. To learn more about the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, visit www.lstc.edu
Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
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.