The Rev. Dr. Justin Nickel is passionate about the church and also about teaching. Now he can join the two.
Nickel was selected to be the Baxter and Frances Weant professor of Lutheran Studies at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University.
"Teaching has always been my first passion, especially the idea of teaching for the sake of the church," he said. "I also love the church, and I care deeply about the church. I feel like teaching candidates for ministry is a wonderful combination of the things I love."
A Colorado native, Nickel, his wife Mary and son Max will join LTSS from Living God Lutheran Church in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, where Nickel is a pastor.
"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Nickel to the seminary faculty," said the Rev. Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore, rector and dean of LTSS. "Watching him teach, one sees that he is devoted both to the Gospel and to his students, and he delights in introducing them to one another."
Nickel is stepping into a newly endowed position whose focus is Lutheran theology. While his signature course will be Lutheran Confessional Writings, he will also teach in the areas of theology and church history.
"A couple of the hallmarks of (LTSS) and LR that are interesting to me is the fact that we're committed to being a Lutheran institution, but also being ecumenically open," he said. "We focus on forming the whole person for ministry."
Nickel earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary in the spring of 2018 before joining Living God Lutheran Church. He earned a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and secondary education from the University of Colorado.
He has taught at Princeton Theological Seminary and United Lutheran Seminary, in addition to producing half a dozen published works and presenting on numerous topics relating to church doctrine.