Samuel Torvend

Director for External Relations

Office Location:Hauge Administration Building - Room 207-A

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Additional Titles/Roles

  • Professor of Religion


  • 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


  • 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 Press 2001) : View Book


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


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.

Summer Theological Conference: Presentation Three - Dr. Samuel Torvend