Samuel Torvend

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

Samuel Torvend Profile
Administration Building - Room 207 A


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.


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