Philip L. Hougen Interim President



    B.A.   Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.
    M.Div. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
    D.Min. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago


Philip L. Hougen was named acting president of LSTC by its Board of Directors in May 2011. Prior to his appointment, he had served as chairperson of LSTC’s Board of Directors from October 2009 - May 2011. In 2008, Hougen retired as bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America after serving two six-year terms. He has served as pastor in four congregations, Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, Ill., (1969-1971); Our Savior Lutheran Church, Pekin, Ill., (1971-1977); St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, (1977-1988); and Grace Lutheran Church, Des Moines, Iowa, (1988-1996). After his retirement, he has served as senior interim pastor of Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa, for a year and as acting president at LSTC from July-December 2010.

While serving as a synodical bishop, Hougen emphasized stewardship and global and ecumenical relationships. A synodical companionship with the Pare Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) led to the establishment of about 25 congregational companionship relationships between parishes in Pare and in Southeastern Iowa. Hougen has visited Tanzania four times. On one trip, he led a two-week continuing education course for ELCT pastors titled “A Cross-Cultural Conversation on Lutheran Parish Ministry.”

Hougen presently serves as an ecumenical representative to the General Assembly Mission Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and to the Theology Commission of the Reformed Church in America. He has served as an ELCA member of the Ministry Commission of Churches Uniting in Christ and as a member of the Advisory Committee of The Lutheran magazine. Hougen has served as the co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Stewardship and Mission Support in the ELCA and the co-chair of LSTC’s $56 million comprehensive campaign, “Equipping the Saints for Ministry.”

Pastor Hougen is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was baptized and confirmed at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. He is a graduate of Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., and earned both a master of divinity and doctor of ministry degree from LSTC. He is married to Diane, a retired teacher and teachers’ aide for behaviorally disabled students. They are the parents of two children and they have two grandchildren.

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