The Rev. Dr. Kim Beckmann (MDiv, 1984; DMin, 1999) has been appointed interim director of contextual education at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for the 2018-2019 academic year, effective July 15, 2018.
As interim director Beckmann will oversee the contextual components of seminary education offered to master of divinity (MDiv) and master of arts in ministry (MAM) students in collaboration with congregations, agencies, and synods. This includes clinical pastoral education (CPE), Ministry in Context, and internship. She will also teach Ministerial Leadership II, a course taken by all second year students in the MDiv program concurrently with their Ministry in Context immersion in local congregations.
“We are delighted that Kim Beckmann will be serving in the important capacity of interim director of contextual education at LSTC next year. Contextual education is a key component of leadership formation for LSTC students, and Kim’s gifts and experiences have uniquely prepared her to serve at this moment of transition,” said Academic Dean Esther Menn.
With Associate Director of Field Education Marji Shannon, Beckmann will work with faculty and staff to provide contextual education aligned with LSTC’s values and goals to addresses the changing nature of the “public church.”
Beckmann will also consult with the Contextual Education Advisory Committee as the seminary conducts a yearlong evaluation of its contextual education program. The committee is chaired by LSTC Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship Eric Christensen and includes faculty members, an ELCA bishop and a local ELCA pastor.
About Kim Beckmann
For 21 years Beckmann was co-pastor, with her husband, Fredric Kinsey (MDiv, 1983) at an ECLA parish in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. From 2006 to 2009 she served as director of candidacy and director for women in ministry on behalf of the ELCA. Recently she has served as an interim pastor at nine different Lutheran parishes in transition throughout the Chicago area. She is the author of Prepare a Road: Preaching Vocation, Community Voice, Marketplace Vision (Cowley, 2002). She taught “Encountering the Living Word: Introduction to Preaching” at LSTC as an auxiliary faculty member in fall 2017 and spring 2018.
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