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Historic Ph.D.

Cheryl Stewart Pero is the first African-American Lutheran woman to earn a doctorate in New Testament studies.

Tricia KoningHer adviser, David Rhoads, a professor at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, said: "There have been students from Africa who have earned a Ph.D. in biblical studies, and there are African-Americans in the ELCA who have earned Ph.D.s in other areas, but what Cheryl has done is unique."

Stewart Pero directs LSTC's Multicultural Center.


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