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Meet the Faculty

Susan McArver

Susan McArver

Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry
LTSS Campus

Dr. McArver has been a member of the Southern Seminary faculty since 1998. Dr. McArver received her Ph.D. from Duke University, where her doctoral dissertation examined the history and changing contexts of Lutherans in South Carolina between the years 1886 and 1918. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and a Master of Arts in Religion degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Dr. McArver’s scholarly interests include religion in the South and women’s history, and she is the author of numerous articles in the field of American religious history. She has served in a number of capacities at the churchwide level of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, including a recently completed six-year term on the ELCA Church Council, where she chaired the ELCA’s Program and Services Committee. In the past, she served on the task force developing the ELCA Social Statement on Education, and currently serves on the working group bringing forward recommendations to unify the ELCA’s Word and Service roster. Dr. McArver is a past President of the Lutheran Historical Conference, a professional organization of church historians from the ELCA, Missouri Synod and Wisconsin Synod and currently serves on its Board of Directors.