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Dr. Troy M. Troftgruben

Troy M. Troftgruben, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of New Testament

E-Mail: ttroftgruben@wartburgseminary.edu
Office Number: 303 Fritschel Hall
Office Phone:   (563) 589-0303
Fax: (563) 589-0333


Photo - Gwen Sayler
BI 190W & BI 191W Jesus & the Gospels

BI 190E &  BI 190E

Jesus & the Gospels (online)
BI 192W & BI 192E Pauline Letters & Mission

A Conclusion Unhindered: A Study of the Ending of Acts within Its Literary Environment. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2:280. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010
"The Acts of the Apostles: A Lutheran Book?" Lutheran Forum 44:3, Fall 2010
"Lessons for Teaching from the Teacher: Matthew's Jesus for Teaching and Proclaiming Today" Currents in Mission and Theology, December 2013 [forthcoming]
"Slow Sailing in the Book of Acts: Suspense in the Final Sea Voyage of Acts (27:1–28:15)" [forthcoming]


The Book of Acts and the Gospel of Luke

The Synoptic Gospels

The World of the New Testament (cultural, economic, religious)
Methods for Reading and Appreciating Scripture


Doctor of Philosophy
Princeton Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity
Luther Seminary

Bachelor of Arts
Trinity Lutheran College
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A native of northeastern North Dakota, Troy joined the Wartburg faculty in 2013 and now lives in Dubuque with his wife, Maria, and their children, Timothy and Teresa. By vocation Troy sees himself as a pastor, only called to serve through teaching and service at Wartburg Seminary. His wife is a preschool teacher by education and experience, who currently works full-time as a mother. His son, Timothy, attends Kennedy elementary school and dreams of living outside 24 hours a day. Troy's daughter, Teresa, loves preschool, reading books (her book piles rival Troy's), and keeping her Daddy from getting too serious. 

Prior to teaching at Wartburg, Troy served for five years as a pastor at Calvary Lutheran church (E.L.C.A.) in Grand Forks, ND, and as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Dakota. Prior to that, he completed Ph.D. studies at Princeton Seminary, focusing on the ending of the Book of Acts and literary study of the New Testament.

On Sabbath time, Troy enjoys running, riding his Trek road bike (and pretending he's fast), camping with his family, taking in scenery of the area, indulging in good coffee and excellent music, and following Minnesota sports teams and the Chicago Cubs.

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