M.Div. Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelpia 2000
Ph.D. Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelpia 2014
Joined the faculty in 2016.
The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Prior to coming to Lexington Theological Seminary, she served as the Pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in rural Lewisburg, PA.; Spirit and Truth Worship Center in Yeadon, PA.; and as Associate Pastor at Reformation Lutheran Church in Media, PA. She earned her both her M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and completed her dissertation focusing on homiletics (preaching) and ecological theology (caring for God’s creation). Her book Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecological Theology and Homiletics (Chalice Press, 2015) is available at www.chalicepress.com. Dr. Schade also served as an adjunct religion and philosophy instructor at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, and Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, teaching courses on ethics, religion, gender and ecology.
Dr. Schade is an anti-fracking and climate activist and advocate for environmental justice issues, and is a trained workshop leader for Lutherans Restoring Creation, a grassroots movement helping congregations learn how to “go green.” As a community organizer, Schade served as the coordinator of a local grassroots effort to halt plans for a proposed tire incinerator in Union County, Pennsylvania. She has presented testimony at numerous state and federal hearings on several different environmental issues and has been featured on local radio talk shows and interfaith workshops on care-of-Creation issues.
Samples of her sermons, book and film reviews and other writings can be found on her blog: www.ecopreacher.blogspot.com. She is also a professional harpist and her CD, Shall We Gather, is available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ldschade. She and her husband Jim (a jazz drummer and percussionist) live in Lexington with their children Rachel (age 13) and Benjamin (age 9).