William O. Avery

 William O. Avery

Address61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg,, PA 17325

Professor of Field Education,The Arthur L. Larson Professor of Stewardship and Parish Ministry and Director of Internship, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

B.A., Gettysburg College, 1964
B.D., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, 1967
S.T.M., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, 1973
D.Min., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, 1977

Dr. Avery has occupied the endowed chair in stewardship since its inception in 1990. He sees stewardship as a basic metaphor for the whole process of “living faithfully in your baptism for a lifetime.” Among the courses he has developed are: stewardship theory and practice, portraits of mission strategies, and stewardship and ecology. As Professor of Field Education, Dr. Avery teaches in all the integrative seminars.

He is the author of four books: Empowered Laity (1997), Cooperating Congregations (2000), Revitalizing Congregations (2002) and If This Is The Way the World Works (December 2007), and more than 35 articles, chapters in books, newspaper articles, and book reviews. A faculty member since 1983, and the first faculty person to be tenured in two different positions simultaneously, Dr. Avery also serves as Executive Director of the Stewardship of Life Institute.

Recent publication: If This Is the Way the World Works

Areas of Interest

Stewardship; Ecology;

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