Following a competitive search, Wartburg Theological Seminary has called the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Peterson to the position of Academic Dean, effective July 1st, 2023. She is the first woman to be called to this position.


Dr. Peterson brings a wide variety of experience to Wartburg, most recently serving as the Associate Dean for Academics at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University, Columbus, OH. She is an accomplished scholar whose work has been recognized internationally and ecumenically both by church leaders and scholars.


Dr. Peterson has extensive experience in theological education. In her role as Associate Dean, she oversaw all academic programs, policies and standards, and directed the Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies programs. She also was at the forefront of redesigning intensive and on-line courses when Trinity significantly revised its M.Div. curriculum in 2014.


“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Peterson to the Wartburg community,” stated Seminary President Kristin Largen. “She possesses the passion, vision, expertise, and energy needed to lead the faculty and help shape the future of Wartburg Theological Seminary as it fulfills its mission to serve Christ’s church.”


Dr. Peterson is the author of multiple books, journal articles, academic lectures, papers, and invited presentations. She has a Ph.D. from Marquette University, a Master of Divinity from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a B.A. from Wittenberg University.


“I am humbled and delighted to accept the call to be Wartburg’s new Academic Dean,” said Dr. Peterson. “Since its founding, Wartburg has been known for producing excellent and faithful servants of the gospel of Christ Jesus. More recently Wartburg has become renowned as well for unparalleled creativity and courage in facing the challenges and opportunities of rapidly changing ministry contexts.”


Dr. Peterson’s appointment follows the leadership of interim dean, the Rev. Dr. Nathan Frambach. President Largen noted, “I am deeply grateful to Professor Frambach for his outstanding work as interim dean, and his dedication to Wartburg’s mission. I look forward to all that lies ahead for Wartburg Theological Seminary, as we continue to serve the gospel of Jesus Christ for the sake of the world God loves so much.”