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The Rev. Dr. Leonard M. Hummel

The Rev. Dr. Leonard M. Hummel

Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care and Director of Clinical Pastoral Education
Phone: 717.339.1307

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Biography: Dr. Hummel began his teaching at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg July 1, 2005.

A leader in the field of pastoral theology, Hummel previously taught at the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn. He is an ordained member of the ELCA, and has received theological training at Yale University Divinity School, Luther Seminary, and Boston University, from which he received his Ph.D. in pastoral psychology. His book Clothed in Nothingness: Consolation for Suffering (2003, Fortress Press) tells the story of seven individuals whose faith helped them in coping with suffering, one of several areas of Dr. Hummel’s interest and research. Previous to teaching at Vanderbilt, Dr. Hummel gained hands on experience as the pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Dorchester, Mass. He also brings extensive experience in medical and mental health clinical settings.

“God’s word conveys many challenges and promises for the pastoral care of the world and of souls,” said Hummel, and “I am excited by the challenges and promises offered me by the call to teach pastoral theology at Gettysburg.” Hummel teaches in the area of pastoral theology and pastoral care, including counseling, grief and suffering, pastoral leadership and other topics related to pastoral work. Cooper-White also commented that Dr. Hummel’s wide-ranging interests “make him a good fit for the Gettysburg integrative approach to seminary education in which we value so highly the constant connection between classroom and congregation or clinical setting.”

A.B., Haverford College, 1974
M.Div., Yale Divinity School, 1977
S.T.M., Yale Divinity School, 1980
Ph.D., Boston University, 1999

Courses: Resources - Course syllabus 3.5J06-2 God, Evolution, Intelligent Design and Dover, PA: A Practical Theology