Rev. Dr. Norma Cook Everist

Distinguished Professor of Church and Ministry, emerita



  • Faculty


Doctor of Philosophy
University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology

Master of Divinity
Yale Divinity School

Master of Arts in Religion
Concordia Seminary

Bachelor of Arts
Valparaiso University

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Dr. Norma Cook Everist taught at Wartburg for many years, helping foster a learning community of shared power and partnership that built on the gifts and insights of all, preparing graduates for leadership in the church and world. She previously taught at Yale Divinity School. She is a widely known lecturer and the author of many books, chapters in books, articles, and educational resources.

Two of her resources are available on Wartburg’s website under “Resources” for people to download and use. One, ConnectionsFaith and Life,co-authored with Nelvin Vos, is a four-unit, experiential adult education resource using Luther’s Large Catechism. The second, “Grace and Peace to You.” is a yearlong devotional journey though the Epistles.

Dr. Everist has served nationally and internationally on many task forces and committees in the areas of ministry, leadership, theological education, gender studies, and ministry in daily life. She enjoys visiting congregations and other places where Wartburg graduates serve. Her book, Open the Doors and See All the People, was written about such visits. She communicates on her blog, “Conversations on the Church’s Vocation in the Public World.” Everist now lives in Mason City, Iowa. She is a member of The Lutheran Deaconess Conference and a pastor in the ELCA.


Open the Doors and See All the People. (Reprint) Cascade, Wipf and Stock, 2016
Seventy Images of Grace in the Epistles that Make All the Difference in Daily Life. Cascade, Wipf and Stock, 2015
Transforming Leadership.(with Craig Nessan) Fortress, 2008
Christian Education as Evangelism, ed. Fortress, 2007
Open the Doors and See All the People: Stories of Congregational Identity and Vocation. Augsburg Fortress, 2005
Church Conflict: From Contention to Collaboration. Abingdon, 2004
The Church as Learning Community. Abingdon, 2002
The Difficult But Indispensable Church, ed. Fortress, 2002
Ordinary Ministry: Extraordinary Challenge, ed. Abingdon, 2000
Connections: Faith and Life (with Nelvin Vos). Chicago: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1997
Where in the World Are You? Connecting Faith and Daily Life. The Alban Institute, 1996
Gentle Strength: Homilies and Hymns of Ralph F. Smith (compiler and editor). Wartburg Theological Seminary, 1995
Since You Asked (with Burton Everist). Augsburg, 1989
Education Ministry in the Congregation. Augsburg, 1983
For a list of published chapters in books, articles, and other resources, click here for Dr. Everist’s Vita


Dr. Everist has extensive knowledge in the following categories and is able to serve as a resource on:

  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Educational Ministry and Methods
  • Church Conflict
  • American Civil Religion
  • Ministry in daily life
  • Power, authority, and leadership
  • Partnership of Women and Men