Lecturers (2010)

The Rev. Susan R. Briehl

 is a pastor of the ELCA. She served as Executive Director of Holden Village, a Lutheran center for renewal in the North Cascade Mountains in Washington State. She began that ministry in August of 1994 along with her husband, Martin Wells. They live in Spokane, WA.

Previously they served for 8 years as campus pastors at Pacific Lutheran University and for 5 years as pastors of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Bellingham, WA. Currently, she is a member of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod (ELCA), called to her work with the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People of Faith. She serves as the Distinguished Professor of the Art of Ministry at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. Briehl holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Washington State University and am M.Div. from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. She was ordained in 1981. Briehl has written numerous books, hymns, and worship songs including a devotional book for families with children, Come Lord Jesus: Devotions for the Home (Augsburg Fortress, 1996), two chapters co-authored with her daughters in Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens (Upper Room, 2002), and, with Marty Haugen, Turn My Heart: A Sacred Journey from Brokenness to Healing (GIA, 2003), a resource for those who are suffering. Her hymn texts are "Holy God," "Bread of Life from Heaven," “By Your Hand," and “Once we Sang and Danced.” Susan and Marty Haugen have written Santo: A Bilingual Communion Rite (GIA 2002) and Unfailing Light: An Evening Setting for Holy Communion (GIA, 2004).


The Rev. Dr. Mark Vitalis Hoffman

has a passion for teaching in the service of the Church. His fourteen years of parish experience in Minnesota and North Dakota were often focused on Christian education and were complemented by opportunities to teach at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and to direct the GIFTS program of lay leadership and education in the Eastern ND Synod. He continues to be active in lay education through his involvement in local parishes as well as at the synodical level, summer Bible camps, and online course offerings.Dr. Vitalis Hoffman has a clear sense of how Scripture is not simply a resource for scholarly reflection but a life source for Christians and for the Church as we seek to practice our faith. While primarily a New Testament scholar, his dissertation on “Psalm 22 and the Crucifixion of Jesus” exemplifies his interest in the coherence of the whole corpus of Scripture. Recent areas of research include narrative and reader-response approaches to the Gospel of Mark and presentations of the parables of Jesus that highlight their experiential character. He has also studied the implications of and employed new technologies as they relate to enhancing Christian education and future expressions of the Church.


The Rev. Dr. Kathryn Vitalis Hoffman

is the daughter of a Lutheran pastor, born in Montana and grew up in Minneapolis and North Dakota. She was ordained with a M.Div. from Luther Seminary in 1988 and completed her D.Min. from Drew University in 2008. She is currently serving at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown, MD and has served as an Associate Pastor at Lutheran churches in Fargo, ND and Spicer, MN, and as interim Senior Pastor at St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg. Vitalis Hoffman enjoys outreach preaching and seeks to engage people in different places of their faith journey. She has a heart for evangelism and outreach that individuals may experience the gospel in innovative ways.