Rev. Dr. Troy M. Troftgruben

Assistant Professor of New Testament

Office Number:
303 Fritschel Hall
Office Phone:
(563) 589-0303
(563) 589-0333


  • Faculty


BI 242
Biblical Interpretation and Authority
BI 192
Engaging the NT Letters
BI 190
Engaging the NT Narratives
BI 376
Paul's Corinthian Correspondence
BI 271
Preaching Luke
BI 203
Readings in Ecclesiastical Latin
BI 003 004
Summer Intensive Greek
BI 366
The Acts of the Apostles
BI 251
The New Testament World


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 has served as Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wartburg Seminary since 2013. Before that, he served for five years as a pastor at Calvary Lutheran church in Grand Forks, and as an adjunct instructor of religion at the University of North Dakota. He completed an M.Div. at Luther Seminary and a Ph.D. in New Testament studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, focusing on Luke and Acts. By vocation, Troy sees himself as a pastor with a specialized call: the education and formation of leaders for the ELCA through Wartburg Seminary. Troy has been married for over 10 years to Maria. Together they have two children, Timothy and Teresa. On Sabbath time, Troy enjoys biking, camping with his kids, drinking great coffee, cooking, and practicing the discipline of hope by following Minnesota sports teams and the Chicago Cubs.


“Slow Sailing in Acts: Suspense in the Final Sea Voyage (Acts 27:1–28:15),” Journal of Biblical Literature (forthcoming).
Matthew. Books of Faith Series Adult Bible Studies. Leader and Learner Guides. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2016.
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.
“Finding and Forming Pastors the Pauline Way,” Lutheran Forum 49:4 (Winter 2015), 18–20.
“Lessons for Teaching from the Teacher: Matthew’s Jesus on Teaching and Leading Today.” Currents in Theology and Mission 40.6 (Dec 2013): 387–98.
“Acts for Lutherans,” Lutheran Forum 44:3 (Fall 2010), 13-15.


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

  • The Book of Acts and the Gospel of Luke
  • The Gospel of Matthew
  • The Earliest Christian Communities
  • 1-2 Corinthians
  • The World of the New Testament (cultural, economic, historical)