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Public Invited to LTSS Alumni Day
Public Invited to LTSS Alumni Day

The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University will celebrate alumni and welcome friends of the seminary to Alumni Day Thursday, April 4.

The event is open to all and is an opportunity to learn about the seminary and hear from a variety of renowned preachers. Registration and coffee begins at 8:15 a.m.

The day features these events:

8:30 a.m. – Class Session and Campus Tour

Foundations in Christian Mission – The Reverend Dr. Mary Sue Dreier, Instructor
Mark – Dr. Brent Driggers, Instructor
Tour of Crumley Archives and campus - Shannon Smith

10 a.m. – Festival Eucharist and Worship Service at Christ Chapel

featuring *The Reverend Dr. Michael Rhyne, Bishop of Allegheny Synod and *The Reverend Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore, LTSS Rector and Dean, as presiding minister

11:30 a.m. – Conversation with University *President Dr. Frederick K. Whitt at Stavros Hall

12:30 p.m. – Luncheon and Introduction of The Reverend Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore, LTSS Rector and Dean

The luncheon will include recognition of the Class of 2019 and several anniversary classes and sharing of significant events among alumni. In addition, there will be recognition of the James R. Crumley Jr. Archives. The Alumni Association Board will be introduced with a brief meeting and election. The luncheon will conclude with the presentation of the J. Benjamin Bedenbaugh Award for distinguished pastoral leadership.

2 p.m. – Yost Lecture and Dialogue with *The Reverend Dr. David J. Lose at Stavros Hall

The event will conclude with remarks from The Reverend Dr. Robert E. Allen, executive director of development for Columbia.

Kindly reply online at lr.edu/ltss/AlumniDay by Thursday, March 28, 2019.

*Biographical details about each speaker are noted below.

The Reverend Dr. Michael Rhyne was elected in 2014 to a six-year term as bishop of the Allegheny Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He previously served the Geeseytown/Newry Lutheran Parish, a two point parish in Newry and Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Rhyne earned bachelor's degrees in communication studies and drama from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a master's degree in acting from the University of Alabama. In 2009, he earned a Master of Divinity from LTSS and was ordained in the same year at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

The Reverend Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore began her role as newly appointed rector and dean at LTSS in February. She serves as the lead academic and church administrator for LTSS and works to further develop the seminary to an exemplary status within the ELCA. Shore previously served as pastor since 2013 at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brevard, North Carolina. She worked 16 years at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she held positions as a professor with tenure and associate dean. Shore is a frequent speaker and author of the multiple articles and the book "Signs of Belonging: Luther's Marks of the Church and the Christian Life." Shore completed her doctorate in religion at Duke University, a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary, and a bachelor's degree in religion from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Fred Whitt, Lenoir-Rhyne University's 12th president, has served in his position for two years and has more than 30 years of leadership experience in higher education. Under his leadership, the University raised $8.1 million in 2018 with more than 12 percent of the alumni making a gift. The University also celebrated its 10th consecutive year of enrollment growth and received reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 2018. Previously, Whitt served as founding dean of the Beaver College of Health Sciences at his alma mater, Appalachian State University. He served in that capacity beginning in 2010, when he was appointed to lead the development of the first new college at ASU in more than 40 years. Whitt earned his doctorate from the University of Tennessee, and his master's and bachelor's degrees from ASU.

The Reverend Dr. David J. Lose is the senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. From 2014 to 2017, he served as president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was Marbury E. Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, before accepting the presidency at LTSP. He is the author of "Making Sense of the Christian Faith," "Making Sense of Scripture" and "Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World." He speaks widely in the United States and abroad on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation. Lose earned a doctorate in homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, a Master of Sacred Theology degree and a Master of Divinity degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's degree in English from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

To learn more about LTSS, visit lr.edu/LTSS.