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The Rev. Dr. Shauna K. Hannan has announced her appointment to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary as Associate Professor of Homiletics

Monday, May 19, 2014
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Columbia, S.C. – The Rev. Dr. Shauna K. Hannan, newly promoted and tenured at the rank of Associate Professor of Homiletics at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, has announced her appointment to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary as Associate Professor of Homiletics.


Professor Hannan joined the faculty at LTSS in 2008. Immediately, the strength of her contributions to the seminary community became evident both in the classroom and beyond.     Dr. Hannan’s colleagues and her students well know her unflagging energy and commitment to the task of teaching.  She uses multiple pedagogies and is a master at involving the students in the teaching-learning process.  Her teaching and mentoring of students demonstrates the depth of her vocational call to the formation of candidates for Christian ministry and public leadership in the Church. Dr. Hannan will be missed on the Columbia campus and throughout Region 9 where she has been active in candidacy guideline revision and preaching and Bible study seminars.


Dr. Hannan is currently completing a sabbatical study focusing on Latino/a preaching and has been in several Spanish-speaking countries to research how the form and function of their sermons are essential to the context of the ecclesial community.  This is one of the first studies of Spanish-speaking homiletics and will have direct application to the preparation of future generations of preachers who serve the global church.

About her new call, Dr. Hannan states: "I am grateful for the call to serve as LTSS faculty for the past 6 years, for colleagues who have accompanied me, and for students who have been diligent and engaged. In addition to teaching preaching, this next call offers the possibility to become familiar with and serve another geographical region of the church, focus more intentionally on ministry with an ever-burgeoning Latino/a population, and be a part of the core doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union in order to prepare the next generation of teachers of preaching. I trust the Spirit’s guidance in this next call, and trust this same Holy Spirit will guide the ministries of all who are part of LTSS/LRU."


Provost Clay Schmit, expressing sentiments held by many at the seminary, the Florida-Bahamas Synod (where Dr. Hannan is rostered), and Region 9 of the ELCA had this to say: "Dr. Shauna Hannan, in her six years at Southern, has been an outstanding preacher and pastor as well as an exemplary teacher. She now brings those gifts to our sister seminary in Berkeley. What they gain in adding Shauna to their faculty is in direct proportion to the tremendous loss we feel at Southern, in Florida, and all across our Region. We pray for her in this time of transition, knowing that God will abundantly bless her call to teach in California."


It is with a bittersweet spirit that we congratulate Dr. Hannan on her new position and thank her for her outstanding service to us.  We will miss her presence among our community and bid her blessings in her service at Pacific.


About PLTS: Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (ELCA), located in Berkeley, CA, merged with California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, CA) in January 2014 and is also part of the Graduate Theological Union.

About LTSS: Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary was established in 1830 to train ministers and impart Christian education for Lutheran churches in the South. The seminary is situated on a 17-acre campus on North Main Street in Columbia, S.C. Areas of study include sacred theology, religion, divinity, and ministry. LTSS's programs draw an ecumenical mix of students preparing for pastoral roles in Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, and Episcopal congregations, as well as military chaplaincy.  The seminary is the cornerstone of the School of Theology of Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Lutheran liberal arts university based in Hickory, N.C. with campuses in Hickory, Columbia, and Asheville, N.C.

Address:           4201 North Main Street, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone:             803-786-5150


CONTACT: Jennifer Casey, Director of Enrollment Management, Columbia