Religion

Samuel Torvend

Professor of the History of Christianity

Samuel Torvend Profile
Phone:
253-535-8106
Office:
Administration Building - Room 207-A
M & W:
8:00 am - 9:00 am
M & W:
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
M & W:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Biography

Samuel Torvend teaches courses in the history of early, medieval and reformation Christianity as well as historical courses on the reform of social welfare, Christian responses to local and global hunger, Christian art and architecture, and Christian rituals. As the university professor of Lutheran Studies, he teaches courses and seminars on Martin Luther, the Lutheran Heritage, Women Reformers, Lutheran higher education, Lutheran art and music, and the Reformation. He also serves in the International Honors Program and, on occasion, teaches a January Term course in Rome, Italy. In addition to his work in the academy, Dr. Torvend also serves as a theological consultant to various regional and national church agencies and societies. He is currently engaged with an international consortium of scholars whose work on economic, political, and social questions will be presented during the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

Additional Titles/Roles

  • University Professor of Lutheran Studies
  • Director of Vocational Reflection, Center for Vocation
  • Director of the Center for Religion and Culture in the Pacific Northwest

Education

  • Ph.D., Historical Theology, St. Louis University, St. Louis, 1990
  • M.A., Theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology, Dubuque, Iowa, 1980
  • M.Div, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, 1978
  • B.A., History, Pacific Lutheran University, 1973

Books

  • Flowing Water, Uncommon Birth: Christian Baptism in a Post-Christian Culture, (Fortress Press, 2014) : View Book
  • Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments, (Fortress Press, 2008) : View Book
  • Daily Bread, Holy Meal: Opening The Gifts Of Holy Communion, (Augsberg Fortress, 2004) : View Book
  • Through a Child's Eyes: Poems and Stories About War co-edited with Victor Klimoski, (Plain View Pr, 2001) : View Book

Accolades

  • K. T. Tang Award for Excellence in Research 2006

Summer Theological Conference: Presentation Three - Dr. Samuel Torvend