LTS Welcomes Dr. Leah Schade to Faculty

The_Rev_Dr_Leah_Schade_headshot.bookLEXINGTON, KY (April 20, 2016) – Lexington Theological Seminary welcomes the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade as Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship. She will officially join the Seminary in August.

An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America for 16 years, she earned her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with concentrations on theology for ministry and mission, and contemporary theology.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Schade to the faculty at Lexington Theological Seminary, “ said LTS President Dr. Charisse L. Gillett. “She brings an ecumenical voice and deep commitment to theological education and social justice to our students and Seminary community. We look forward to sharing the gifts she brings as an experienced pastor, as a teacher, and as someone who is concerned for the well-being of the world around us.”

Dr. Schade is the author of Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecological Theology and Homiletics (Chalice Press, 2015). Dr. Schade’s other publishing credits include contributions to Feasting on the Gospels, a Feasting on the Word Project, Volumes 1 and 2 (Westminster John Knox Press, 2013), several journal articles, and numerous book reviews. She maintains academic guild membership and has presented numerous papers in the Academy of Homiletics, the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, the Parliament of World Religions, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Dr. Schade pastors United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg, Penn. She previously served two other Pennsylvania congregations – Reformation Lutheran in Media, and Spirit and Truth Worship Center in Lewisburg. She is passionate about social justice issues, including racism, gender equality and environmental issues. In 2013 she was awarded the Mark McCollough Religious Leadership Award, presented by the Central Susquehanna Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

As an adjunct religion and philosophy instructor at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Penn., and Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Penn., Dr. Schade has taught courses on ethics, religion, gender and ecology. She has also presented several workshops for lay preachers and workshops on leadership, education, long-range planning, evangelism and stewardship.

Schade said she was drawn to LTS because of its roots in the pioneering spirit of American Christianity – a tradition that continues with the Seminary’s commitment to cutting-edge education for students through technology and its online/in-person platform.

“I am thrilled to be part of the core faculty who have developed such a comprehensive as well as in-depth seminary education experience for today’s students seeking to answer God’s call for ministry,” Schade said. “It is very encouraging to see seminary faculty, staff, and leadership committed to finding innovative ways to engage students from across the denominational spectrum and equip them to bring the Church into a world so desperately in need of healing, hope and justice. I am looking forward to helping students find and develop their preaching voice, as well as their skills and creativity for worship leadership in their congregations as well as the public square.”

Dr. Shade also is a professional harpist, and has recorded a CD, Shall We Gather. She and her husband, Jim, live in Milton, Penn., with their children, Rachel and Benjamin.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.