Rev. Cheryl Peterson
Academic Dean of Wartburg Seminary
The Rev. Dr. Cheryl M. Peterson joined the Wartburg faculty as Academic Dean in the summer of 2023. She previously taught at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University for 18 years, where she also served as Associate Dean for Academics and held the Trinity Endowed Chair in Mission and Ministry and taught courses in the areas of systematic theology, the Lutheran Confessions, and the history of Lutheranism in America.
Ordained as a pastor in the ELCA in 1991, she served parishes in Tyrone, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 12 years. She holds degrees from Wittenberg University (BA), the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (MDiv), and Marquette University (PhD).
She is the author of Who is the Church? An Ecclesiology for the 21st Century (Fortress, 2013), and the forthcoming, The Holy Spirit in the Christian Life: The Spirit’s Work For, In, and Through Us (Baker Academic, 2024), as well as several articles and book chapters. A frequent keynote speaker at synod assemblies, theological convocations, seminaries, and colleges, she has also served as faculty for the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Retreat for Newly Elected Leaders (Bishops and Presidents) and the 6th LWF International Seminar for Lay Leaders. Her research interests include pneumatology, ecclesiology, the sacraments, Lutheran theology, Pentecostal theology, mission, and ecumenism.
She served on the 11th round of the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue (2006-2010) – with her future colleague, the Rev. Dr. Winston Persaud – and the first round of the Lutheran World Federation International Dialogue Commission with the Pentecostals (2016-2022). She chairs the editorial council of Dialog: A Journal of Theology and holds memberships in the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and the Catholic Theological Society of America.
She is married to the Rev. Dr. Charles W. Peterson who currently serves as an ELCA Global Mission professor of Lutheran Identity in Indonesia.
*biographical information found here: https://www.wartburgseminary.edu/staff/rev-dr-cheryl-peterson/