Faculty and Staff
Elmer (El) Colyer
Professor of Systematic Theology / Stanley Professor of Wesley Studies
PhD, Boston College/Andover Newton
MDiv, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
BS, University of Wisconsin
Campus Phone: 563.589.3389
Campus E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Office: 211 Severance Hall
"Vital ministry is always deeply theological. Vibrant theology arises out of the evangelical and doxological life of the church. Systematic theology articulates and clarifies the content of the Church's faith in the Triune God of the Gospel. The Church’s entire faith and life are explicitly and tacitly theological. Worship, community, discipleship, mission, are all profoundly shaped by our ultimate beliefs. Systematic theology engages and enriches the Church’s entire faith and life by helping the Church better understand its ultimate beliefs about the Triune God of the Gospel. Systematic theology leads the church into the theological riches of the Gospel and corrects the Church’s ultimate beliefs when they are incompatible with the Biblical witness to the Love of God the Father through the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in the communion of the Holy Spirit. The Church thrives when it lives and breathes the ultimate theological beliefs bound up with the Biblical Trinitarian faith. The Church withers when it does not.”
Dr. Colyer is an ordained United Methodist Pastor and Elder in the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served churches in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Iowa. A summa cum laude student in college and seminary, he received his Ph.D. from Boston College/Andover Newton in 1992. Dr. Colyer has received numerous awards for his excellence as a teacher. He is Professor of Systematic Theology and a Stanley professor of Wesley Studies.
Assistant Professor of Discipleship and Christian Formation
PhD, Boston University
MDiv, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University
BA, Western Washington University
Campus Phone: 563.589.3353
Campus E-mail: email@example.com
Campus Office: 224 Severance Hall
“Always a lover of the latest and greatest technology, I embraced the smartphone, social networking, and blogging world seven years ago, but not long after, the close reading of scripture and spirituality texts I loved was becoming more difficult. At the same time, I noticed that my students in master and doctoral level courses were struggling with the deep reading necessary to engage theological texts. My commitment to contemplative living and education, as well my own long-standing practice of lectio divina, launched me into researching how the brain pays attention, learns and remembers, and place this into conversation with the practices of Christian devotional and monastic traditions. This research is helping me understand what is happening at a cognitive level, balance its impact, and most importantly, offer ways to help Christian educators as they help students learn in the 21st century technological context.”
Beginning in the Roman Catholic Church, Susan Forshey has sojourned with Assemblies of God, Episcopalian, and Methodist congregations, and was a twenty-year member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Seattle. She has worked in youth and campus ministries; music ministry; liturgical leadership; adult Christian education; and intentional community. For the past 15 years, Susan has been a facilitator with Museum Without Walls, an educational non-profit that connects students with the stories of those who have experienced racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice, and teaches them about efforts toward reconciliation.
Drawn by a love of monastic history and contemplative prayer, Susan received her MDiv at St John’s University, a Benedictine abbey, and a PhD in Practical Theology and Spirituality from Boston University. While at BU, Susan coordinated the spiritual formation project in the Center for Practical Theology and worked as a campus chaplain, pastoring students and leading retreats. She has presented conference papers on lectio divina and practical theological research (Association of Practical Theology), and lectio divina and internet technology (International Academy of Practical Theology). Prior to coming to UDTS, Susan was on staff at Bethany Presbyterian Church, as manager of communications and systems, and was an adjunct instructor of Christian Formation at Seattle Pacific University, where she delighted in introducing freshman to spiritual disciplines and sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
Annette Bourland Huizenga
Assistant Dean of Seminary / Associate Professor of New Testament
PhD, University of Chicago Divinity School
MAR, McCormick Theological Seminary
MRE, Wesley Theological Seminary
BA, Vassar College
Campus Phone: 563.589.3858
Campus E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Office: 205 Severance Hall
"One way the Bible (both Testaments) is authoritative for me is that through my readings of the texts I want to allow God's Spirit to author me and my faith. I believe the Bible is authoritative for the church in a similar way: we are to be "people of the Book." At the most basic level, we need to be knowledgeable about its contents. But even more, we need to study and discuss the biblical texts together. When we really wrestle with a teaching, and listen carefully to other persons' perspectives, then our Bible study fosters true Christian community, and forms us as disciples of Christ who have a growing capacity to discern God's will."
Before coming to UDTS, the Rev. Annette Bourland Huizenga taught in adjunct positions at McCormick Theological Seminary and at Catholic Theological Union. She holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School (2010). In 2013, her revised dissertation was published as Moral Education for Women in the Pastoral and Pythagorean Letters: Philosophers of the Household in the Novum Testamentum Supplements series (Brill). Her scholarly interests circle around the social-historical contexts of early Christian communities: family structure, slavery, women in the Pauline assemblies, Roman law and economy, and education. She covers all of these topics in her volume 1-2 Timothy, Titus written for the Wisdom Commentary series (Liturgical Press, 2016).
Annette was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament at LaSalle Street Church-Chicago (non-denominational), where she served as one of the pastors for ten years. She is grateful too for her United Methodist roots: she was raised in a church in the Baltimore Conference, obtained a Master of Religious Education from Wesley Theological Seminary, and worked as a DCE in United Methodist Churches in the Chicago area.
Christopher B. James
Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity
PhD, Boston University School of Theology
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
BA, Wheaton College
Campus Phone: 563.589.3859
Campus E-mail: email@example.com
Campus Office: 222 Severence Hall
“From the greed-laced appeals of charlatan televangelists to the apocalyptic condemnations of megaphone-toting street preachers, the word “evangelism” brings up all the worst associations outsiders to faith have with organized religion. Moreover, among Christians, the word commonly evokes an unholy cocktail of guilt, inadequacy, and disgust. Such is the disrepute of the fundamental Christian practice the resurrected Jesus spoke of when he told his disciples, “You will be my witnesses.” In this context, Christian leaders today face the critical challenge of cultivating communities that are learning to live in the light of their missional identity and are simultaneously attuned to the Spirit and their context, so that they might join God in the renewal of all things. This ecclesial witness makes incarnate the good news of the availability of the Reign of God, and is the heart of missional Christianity.”
Drawing on formative experiences in diverse contexts that include an evangelical megachurch near San Francisco, a Korean-American church plant in Boston, a Charismatic Anglican church outside of Chicago, and a small Presbyterian congregation in Los Angeles, Christopher’s discipleship and teaching reflect a unique set of ecumenical influences and ecclesial expressions. His research and teaching focus on missional engagement with contemporary contexts, and his pedagogy features an emphasis on experimentation and praxis. Christopher is the author of several articles on missional practice and church planting including “Practices for a Missional Church Planting Order” (Journal of Missional Practice, 2013) and “Some Fell on Good Soil: Church Planting in Religious Ecologies” (Witness, 2013). His dissertation—titled "New Churches in the None Zone: Practical Ecclesiology and Missional Wisdom Among Seattle Church Plants”—is a study of mission, spirituality, and ecclesial identity in his hometown, Seattle, WA. When he’s not in the classroom his Northwest roots surface and you’re likely to find him on his bike, rock climbing, or park-hopping with his wife, Lindsay, and two kids.
Mary Anne Knefel
Professor of Library and Information Science
MLS, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
MBA, University of Dubuque
BA, Knox College
Campus Phone: 563.589.3215
Campus E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Office: 201 Charles C. Myers Library
“My passion is to empower students to find and use resources they need to be successful in their courses, particularly in an distance environment, and in their ministry. I am especially interested in exploring the best pedagogy to teach research methods to our students. Our community is blessed to have the Charles C. Myers Library and access to an over 140,000 electronic books, 150,000 print books, and key journals in mostly electronic format as well as a robust interlibrary loan/electronic delivery systems. I am also so grateful that we are able to provide access to the key theological database after graduation.”
Mary Anne Knefel has been at the University of Dubuque for over 36 years, initially as a Reference & Instruction Librarian, then as Assistant Director. In 2004, she was appointed University Librarian. She has taught students from first grade to Seminary how to conduct research and design Web pages. Before coming to UD, she worked at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, the Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Director of Field Education and Placement / Instructor in Ministry
DMin, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
MDiv, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
AB, Middlebury College
Campus Phone: 563.589.3114
Campus E-mail: email@example.com
Campus Office: 217 Severance Hall
"The field education experience provides an essential bridge between the academy and the congregation. With its four-fold emphasis on integration, skills, spiritual gifts, and discernment of call, field education offers transformative opportunities for the intentional nurture of students’ vocational and spiritual growth. It is a joy and privilege to walk with students through this time of God’s formation."
Ordained as a minister in the National Association for Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC), Susan LeFeber has served as Director of Field Education and Placement and Instructor in Ministry since 2013. She received her D.Min. in May 2016 from UDTS for “Spiritual Formation through Field Education,” a project focused on preparing pastors for health and longevity in ministry through spiritual vitality.
Before returning to UDTS, Dr. LeFeber served for ten years in parish ministry, for six years on the seminary Council of Advisors, and on several committees for the NACCC. She is active in the Association for Theological Field Educators (ATFE) and Presbyterian and Reformed Theological Field Educators (PRTFE), and teaches lay ministry courses through the Wisconsin Congregational Association. She brings with her significant pastoral experience, care and encouragement for students, a passion for church renewal and revitalization, and a deep love of UDTS.
Bonnie Sue Lewis
Associate Professor of Mission and World Christianity
PhD, University of Washington
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
BA, Whitworth College
Campus Phone: 563.589.3648
Campus E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Office: 212 Severance Hall
“A church not in mission fails to be the church. God calls and God sends the whole church into the whole world that all may know of God’s ’unfailing love’ and ’full redemption’ through Jesus Christ. To be the church is to know and respond to the call of God. To be in mission begins with knowing the heart of God, with learning to listen to the voice of God, and discerning where God is at work in the world. God calls the church to participate in God’s mission: to work and worship with and among diverse peoples who are also called and sent by God to bring the Good News to the people of God’s heart. We must strengthen and equip pastors in their faith so that they and their congregations can together hear God’s voice, love one another, and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the world God so loves.”
A native of California and an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Bonnie Sue Lewis began her career as a high school history teacher at the Inter-American School in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, in 1976. She went on to teach in California in the 1980s and in Washington during the 1990s. A scholar of Native American Christian history, her interest and involvement in the American Indian community began with her doctoral research on Native American pastors of the Presbyterian Church. Dr. Lewis is author of Creating Christian Indians: Native Clergy in the Presbyterian Church, co-editor of Mission in a Global Context, a collection of autobiographical sketches by Presbyterian professors of mission. She is actively involved in the Presbyterian Church at the local and national levels, and a frequent speaker in the church and the academy on God’s call to mission.
Professor of Church History
PhD, Duke University
MDiv, Yale University
BA, Wesleyan University
Campus Phone: 563.589.3776
Campus E-mail: email@example.com
Campus Office: 219 Severance Hall
"The study of church history frees us from ignorance of the past and thereby provides us with the background necessary to proclaim the Gospel faithfully in the present. By disclosing the diverse traditions within the Christian faith the discipline of church history opens us to insights and perspectives that allow us to make informed theological and pastoral responses to contemporary issues and situations in the church."
A minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Bradley Longfield served as a pastor in Indiana and taught at Duke Divinity School before coming to UDTS. He has served as Dean of the Seminary since 1998. His book, The Presbyterian Controversy: Fundamentalists, Modernists, and Moderates, investigates the fundamentalist/ modernist conflict in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in the 1920s and 1930s.
Dr. Longfield has also co-edited The Secularization of the Academy, a collection of essays addressing the history of religion and higher education. His current research and publications focus on the history of church conflict and twentieth-century denominational history.
Seminary Pastor to Students / Assistant Professor of Ministry
DMin Candidate, Gordon-Conwell
MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
AB, Hope College
Campus Phone: 563.589.3390
Campus E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Office: 208 Severance Hall
"The seminary years are a significant and exciting stretch of the journey for those being equipped for ministry; they are also a time packed full with study, ministry, work, family. While there are many calls that seminarians answer, none supersedes the principal call to love, to glorify, to worship the Lord - all should nurture this devotion. It is a gift to find the seminary community one which fosters and expresses a holistic love for the Lord with heart and mind and soul and strength. It is also a gift to find the seminary community one which understands itself to be the body of Christ and seeks to love neighbor as self."
Beth McCaw is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She served as associate pastor of care and outreach in a church in Florida before coming to Dubuque. Her sense of privilege in shepherding those called to church ministry grew while serving on and moderating Florida Presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry:
"I am excited for those under care; I can imagine no more meaningful vocation than the one to which they are called." Beth has also served with her husband Scott as a missionary in church planting in Namibia, Africa, and as a crisis counselor with Northeastern Family Institute in Massachusetts.
Associate Professor of Old Testament
PhD, Duke Divinity School
MDiv, Duke Divinity School
BA, Asbury College
Campus Phone: 563.589.3101
Campus E-mail: email@example.com
Campus Office: 210 Severance Hall
"I am continually amazed by the Bible's capacity to capture our imaginations and cause us to think in fresh ways about God, ourselves, and our world. Scripture may be thousands of years old, but it continues to surprise, inspire, disturb, astonish, and ultimately transform us."
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Matthew R. Schlimm is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He has served churches in Michigan, Minnesota, and North Carolina. He completed his PhD in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Duke University. His research interests focus on biblical theology and biblical ethics. His first book, From Fratricide to Forgiveness: The Language and Ethics of Anger in Genesis, examines the various episodes involving human anger in Genesis, moving from Cain’s murdering Abel in Genesis 4 to Joseph’s forgiving his brothers in Genesis 50. His most recent book, This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities, examines key questions that the Old Testament raises. Schlimm has also served as one of the editors for the CEB Study Bible and published in a variety of journals.
Visit his webpage: http://www.matthewschlimm.com/
Director of Seminary Programs and Assistant Professor of Ministry, Director of Distance Education, Director of Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education
DMin, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
MDiv, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
BA, Drake University
Campus Phone: 563.589.3418
Campus E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Office: 232 Severence Hall
"One of the greatest privileges of being a pastor is that we are invited into the personal lives of the people we serve at very private, often very intimate moments. Joining the family circle for births and deaths, weddings and funerals, anniversaries and other celebrations, means that we not only represent the church, but are ambassadors for Christ as well. Learning to cultivate that gift of 'presence' is essential to the practice of effective ministry."
Richard (Skip) Shaffer returned to UDTS after 17 years of pastoral ministry, serving Presbyterian churches in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota . Over the years he has developed an appreciation for small town and rural ministry and the special challenges and rewards those churches and communities offer. He has been active in the area of congregation revitalization, has served a number of years on the Committee on Ministry, and has considerable experience in conflict mediation.
Dr. Shaffer has also been involved in ministry to immigrants to the Midwest and the unique problems they face. One congregation he served became "home" to a community of over 100 recent émigrés from the Sudan and their children. In addition to helping them find suitable housing, the church hosted a food pantry, a clothing drive, and English lessons for adults, as well as a second worship service in the Nuer language, complete with drums, dancing, and a special Sunday School program.
Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
MDiv, ThM, Columbia Theological Seminary
BS, Kansas State University
Campus Phone: 563.589.3578
Campus E-mail: email@example.com
Campus Office: 332 Severence Hall
Timothy Matthew Slemmons, associate professor of homiletics and worship, has served two Presbyterian congregations, as pastor (Tarentum, PA) and interim pastor (Titusville, NJ). His research interests include lectionary expansion (Year D: A Quadrennial Supplement to the RCL); the Reformed tradition of expository, lectio continua preaching, particularly Johannes Oecolampadius; revival preaching in the first and second Great Awakenings; and the vein of dialectical homiletics running from Kierkegaard to Forsyth, Barth, and Bonhoeffer (Groans of the Spirit: Homiletical Dialectics in an Age of Confusion). His current approach to homiletical pedagogy seeks to leverage the wisdom of devotional, edifying literature for practical and effective approaches to preaching. Slemmons is the author of Our Father Knows: The Prayer that Jesus Taught, and a newly completed four-volume lectionary-based series of Liturgical Elements for Reformed Worship, which includes Lightning from the East (Year A); When Heaven Stands Open (Year B); The Joyful Feast (Year C); and Greater Attention, a collection of resources to encourage and support the use of Year D.
Timothy Matthew Slemmons is available to teach and/or facilitate workshops in:
Year D: Selected Texts and their Relevance for the Church Today The Psalms in the Devotional and Worship Life of the Church The Structure of the Liturgical Year The Essentials of Preaching for the Ruling Elder Foundations of Worship in the Reformed Tradition An Author for Authors: How to Read and Make Sense of Kierkegaard.
Director of Seminary Admission
MBA, University of Dubuque
BA, Clarke University
Campus Phone: 563.589.3405
Campus Office: 238 Charles & Romona Myers Center
Campus Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Dean of the Seminary
Campus Phone: 563.589.3122
Campus Office: 204 Severance Hall
Campus Email: email@example.com
Administrative Assistant to the Faculty
Campus Phone: 563.589.3109
Campus Office: 226 Severance Hall
Campus Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seminary Distance Education Coordinator
BA, University of Dubuque
AA, Loras College
Campus Phone: 563.589.3630
Campus Office: 228 Severance Hall
Campus Email: email@example.com
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Seminary Programs
Campus Phone: 563.589.3691
Campus Office: 230 Severance Hall
Campus Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Seminary Technology
MAR, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
BA, University of Dubuque
Campus Phone: 563.589.3647
Campus Office: 231 Severance Hall
Campus Email: email@example.com
Rachel Vander Broek
Assistant to the Director of Field Education & Placement
Campus Phone: 563.589.3115
Campus Office: 216 Severance Hall
Campus Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John S. Baird, Professor of Homiletics and Ministry, Emeritus, 1976-1994; B.A., Maryville College; B.D., San Francisco Theological Seminary; S.T.M. and S.T.D., Temple University
Arlo D. Duba, Professor of Worship, Emeritus, 1982-1992; B.A., B.D., University of Dubuque; Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
Henry E. Fawcett, Professor of Ministry, Emeritus, 1986-2003. D.D., Buena Vista College; D.D., University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
William Jamison, Professor of Ministry, Emeritus, 1955-1971, 1990-1996; B.A., University of Southern California; M.S., Pennsylvania State University; Ed.D., University of Colorado; B.D., University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Calvin Schnucker, Professor of Applied Theology and Dean of the Seminary, Emeritus, 1942-1970; B.A., Northern University of Iowa; B.D., Rutgers University; D.D., Whitworth College
Leicester Longden, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship, Emeritus, 2001-2013; B.A., Lewis and Clark College; B.D., Union Theological Seminary; M.Phil., Ph.D., Drew University
Elizabeth Ellen Platt, Professor of Old Testament, Emeritus, 1988-2007; B.A., College of Wooster, Ohio; M.A., Union Theological Seminary, New York and Columbia University; Ph.D., Harvard University;
C. Howard Wallace, Professor of Biblical Theology, Emeritus, 1959-1996; B.A., Park College; B.D., McCormick Theological Seminary; D.Theol., University of Basel