Dr. Candace L. Kohli has been appointed assistant professor of Lutheran systematic theology and global Lutheranism by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Board of Directors. She will join the LSTC faculty July 1 and teach courses including Grace Incarnate: The Lutheran Confessional Heritage, Luther in Society, and Luther’s Theology of Love during the 2022-2023 academic year.
“We are eager to welcome Dr. Kohli to the LSTC faculty. Her Luther scholarship centers on topics that continue to make a real difference for the church today. I am confident that she will inspire LSTC students preparing to be pastors, deacons, and staff in non-profits as well as doctoral students training to be educators,” said Esther Menn, dean and vice president for academic affairs.
Kohli received her PhD from the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University [Evanston, Ill], writing her thesis on “Help for Moral Good: Human Agency, the Spirit, and the Law in Martin Luther’s Antinomian Disputations (1537-40).” A book based on her doctoral work, Human Agency Under Law and Gospel: Pneumatological Resources in Martin Luther’s Theological Anthropology, is scheduled to be released in 2023 (Wipf and Stock Monographs).
She also earned her MA from Northwestern, exploring in her thesis the topic “Political Theology in the Reformation and the Medieval Two Swords Doctrine.” The Department of Religious Studies and Political Science at Northwestern also awarded her a certificate in Religion and Global Politics.
Kohli’s teaching experience includes a full year at Northwestern in the department of religious studies. In 2008-2010 she was an instructor in the Department of Bible and Religion at Montreat [N.C.] College.
Most recently Kohli served as manager of education and lead instructor for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education (ACCME). Her extensive experience with adult education and online program development positions her to take a leadership role in developing online programs at LSTC.
“I could not be more thrilled to join the LSTC community,” Kohli said. “I look forward to using the full range of my scholarship and professional experience to benefit the seminary, students, and the larger community.”
Kohli earned her MA in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Mass., and her BA from Montreat. She studied in Germany as a Fulbright Graduate Fellow, and in Denmark under a visiting graduate student grant. She is a popular conference presenter and the author of numerous articles and reviews.
Kohli’s experience working with non-profit organizations on Chicago’s South Side and her commitment to service learning will enhance LSTC’s formation of leaders for church and society, Menn said.
Assistant to the Academic Dean
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