The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


First African American elected seminary president

James K. Echols was elected president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago May 5 to replace William Lesher, who's retiring after 19 years.

Echols is the first African American to be elected president of an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America seminary or college in North America.

The announcement reflects LSTC's commitment to theological training in an urban setting. Noted for his commitment to the urban context as a training ground for ministry, Echols has been on the faculty of the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia since 1982 and currently serves as dean.

Echols, a native of Philadelphia, is married and the father of two daughters. He will assume his duties some time before Sept. 1.


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