For Immediate Release
(Chicago, Ill) Gettysburg Seminarian David Wunsch has been appointed to serve as Director for Unit Operations and Programs for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Global Mission unit. Wunsch, who will start in the role August 11, brings 15 years of experience in organizational development, public policy advocacy and participatory planning in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts including New York City and South America.
Wunsch is currently completing his M.Div. degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Previously he served as ELCA Global Mission Regional Representative in South America from 2005 to 2012 before returning to the U.S. in early 2013 to complete seminary studies. While at LTSG, Wunsch served as Vicar for bi-lingual ministry at Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington DC.
“The years I spent in relationship with companion churches as ELCA Global Mission Personnel in South America were a deep and enduring gift for me and my family,” Wunsch said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to harness this gift for the strengthening of the ELCA’s engagement with our global companions and for our life as church together here in the U.S.”
David studied systematic theology and Bible at I.S.E.D.E.T Ecumenical Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina, holds a Master’s in International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. from Valparaiso University. As of this summer, he has completed the academic requirements for an M.Div. at LTSG and is a candidate for ordination. David is married to Kate Lawler, also returned ELCA Global Mission Personnel who is now completing her M.Div degree at Gettysburg. Together they have two children, Emily and Matthew.
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the oldest of the eight seminaries of the 4 million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, prepares women and men to be outreach oriented public theologians and mission leaders. It provides programs in continuing studies, advanced theological education, and specialized educational programs for informed lay persons, ordained and other rostered leaders, and high school youth. More information is available at the Seminary’s web site: www.ltsg.edu/ , by email at email@example.com, or by calling (717) 334-6286.