The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University will install The Rev. Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore in a service of Holy Communion in Christ Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Herman Yoos will preside at the rite of installation. The Rev. Kevin Strickland will preside at the Eucharist, and The Rev. Dr. Mark Fitzsimmons will preach. The day's events also include a luncheon after worship and a lecture from Shore at 1 p.m. titled, "Christ Is Risen: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Culture of Fear." All are welcome to attend.
Shore was welcomed as the newly appointed rector and dean at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary earlier this year. "In my first months at LTSS, I have been most impressed by the dedication and expertise of our faculty and by the desire of our students for authentic community life alongside excellent classroom experiences," she said. "We want to be a place where information and formation for ministry come together."
In her role, Shore serves as the lead academic and church administrator for LTSS and works to further develop the seminary to an exemplary status within the ELCA. During her first months at LTSS, Shore has announced a search to fill the newly endowed Frances and Baxter Weant Chair in Lutheran Studies and launched Freed to Serve, a program that leverages ongoing scholarship gifts and endowment support for seminarians within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who attend LTSS.
"With the recent addition of Dr. Shore to our leadership at the seminary and Columbia Center, students and faculty have had the opportunity to learn from one of the most respected leaders in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America," said University President Dr. Fred Whitt. "This event will celebrate her role and allow for us to reflect on our traditions and future of Lenoir-Rhyne and LTSS."
Before assuming her position at LTSS, Shore served as pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brevard, North Carolina, for six years. She also served 16 years at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she held positions as a professor and associate dean.
Shore is a frequent speaker at pastoral conferences and other church events, and she has published "Signs of Belonging: Luther's Marks of the Church and the Christian Life" as well as multiple journal articles. Shore received her Ph.D. in religion from Duke University, a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in religion from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
LTSS, which was founded in 1830 and merged with Lenoir-Rhyne in 2012, offers graduate degrees in Christian ministry, divinity, sacred theology, and theological studies. LTSS is one of seven ELCA seminaries in the United States, and the only ELCA seminary in the Southeast. Rich in tradition and welcoming to seminarians from many denominations, LTSS boasts a dedicated, collegial faculty and a broad alumni base of distinguished regional and national church leaders.
To learn more, visit lr.edu/LTSS.