The Rev. Dr. Brooke Petersen (2006, MDiv) was appointed MDiv/MAM/MA program director, coordinator of candidacy and lecturer by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Board of Directors. She will begin her three-year term at LSTC July 15.
“I am delighted that Dr. Petersen will be joining the LSTC faculty as the MDiv/MAM/MA program director and coordinator of candidacy,” said Esther Menn, dean of academic affairs. “In addition to these administrative roles, she will be teaching courses in her area of expertise, pastoral care and theology. Her experience with spiritual formation in will serve our students well in their preparation as leaders.”
"I am honored to begin this new role at LSTC,” Petersen said. “LSTC was formative in shaping me for my vocation and I am excited to accompany students as they navigate their own degree programs and the candidacy process. I have loved teaching at LSTC for the last three years and look forward to sharing my passion for clinical psychology and pastoral theology to support the formation of the next generation of leaders in the church."
Petersen has been an auxiliary faculty member and guest lecturer at LSTC since 2017. She has also taught at McCormick Theological Seminary and New Brunswick Theological Seminary and has been a guest lecturer at North Park University and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. She received a PhD in pastoral theology, personality and culture from Garrett in 2017, writing a dissertation entitled “Religious Estrangement and Return in the Experience of Queer Persons” which specifically highlights the impact of religious trauma on queer persons. She is a psychotherapist at The Spiritual Life Center in Chicago and a volunteer therapist for Porchlight Counseling Services: Serving Victims of Sexual Abuse.
Assistant to the Academic Dean
The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.