James Kenneth Echols

President James Kenneth Echols

AddressLutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615

President, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

B.A., Temple University,
M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia,
M.A., Yale University,
M.Phil., Yale University,

James Kenneth Echols began his presidency of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1997. From 1982-97, he was on the faculty of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), teaching primarily in the area of American Church History. While at Philadelphia, Echols was granted tenure and served as its dean from 1991-97.

Ordained by the former Lutheran Church in America in 1979, Echols served parishes in New Haven, Conn., and Hempstead, N.Y., before joining the LTSP faculty. While on the faculty, he was vice-pastor, pastoral associate and interim pastor at congregations in Philadelphia.

Committed to the urban context as an excellent training ground for ministry, he is well-published in the areas of church history, theology and Black American Lutheranism. Globally, he has participated in Lutheran and ecumenical conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. He is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Urban Team, and is an ELCA delegate to the National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA. In addition, he serves on the steering committee for the United States section of the Conference of International Black Lutherans.

A native of Philadelphia, Echols received the bachelor of arts degree from Temple University and the master of divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He continued his studies at Yale University, where he received the degrees of master of arts, master of philosophy, and doctor of philosophy in the history of Christianity.

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