About Rev. Dr. Stephen C. Stohlmann
Rev. Dr. Stephen C. Stohlmann is a professor of theology and biblical languages, director of the colloquy program, coordinator of the pre-deaconess program and CSP coordinator for the Iowa West Lay Leadership Institute. He received his bachelor's degree at Concordia Sr. College in Ft.Wayne, Indiana, his master of divinity degree at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri and a master of arts and Ph.D. at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has served as professor at Concordia University, St. Paul since 1976. Prior to coming to Concordia he served as dual parish pastor at Zion, Hampton and Immanuel Lutheran, Polk, Nebraska from 1971-1976. While at Concordia, Dr. Stohlmann has been instrumental in founding the Oswald Hoffman School of Christian Outreach and in the training of countless workers for the church. He has published numerous articles and given many presentations on the Old Testament, Law and Gospel, and has recently published works on the Athanasian Creed and a Bible study on Law and Gospel for lay people.
In the Sixth Annual Poehler Lecture on Faith and Learning, Dr. Stohlmann explored the impact the multifaceted Word of God can have on the academic enterprise. In recent years, increasing diversity in faculty, student body and curriculum has caused many changes in Lutheran higher education. Yet, he maintains that Lutheran Christian education can still remain a holistic education concerned both with the mind and the spirit. While acknowledging the tensions which increasing diversity brings to Lutheran higher education, he suggests that the relationship of faith and reason can only be examined in the light of the resurrection of our Lord. He proposes that faith in the resurrection does not limit, but rather sets the Christian free to explore God's creation and the human creature and to engage in a fruitful dialogue between faith and reason. In the process faith can be enlightened and reason can be humbled as students and faculty engage in the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom and truth, all in the context of the Gospel and resurrection of our Lord.