Timothy K. Snyder

Director for Educational Technology and Instructor of Practical Theology

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PhD candidate, Theological Studies / Church & Society
Boston University

Master of Arts in Theology & Ministry
Luther Seminary

Bachelor of Arts
Texas Lutheran University

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Timothy K. Snyder joined the Wartburg Theological Seminary community full-time in November 2016 having previously served as an adjunct instructor. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Tim holds a concurrent appointment as Adjunct Instructor of Congregational Ministry at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Tim has served diverse congregations in Texas, Minnesota and Massachusetts.

Trained as a theologian and scholar of American religion, Tim’s dissertation research explores the relationship between contemporary working lives and lived faith among adults nearing retirement. He writes regularly for both academic and popular audiences including articles and reviews in Cross Currents, The International Journal of Practical Theology, Ecclesial Practices, Living Lutheran, Religion Dispatches and The Washington Post. Most recently he was a contributing author to Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Faith: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Emerging Church Movement (Pickwick Publications, 2016), edited by Michael Clawson and April Stace.

A graduate of Texas Lutheran University and Luther Seminary, he is currently a PhD candidate at Boston University. He is a former Coolidge Fellow (Auburn Seminary/Union Theological Seminary) and a former Doctoral Fellow in the Louisville Institute’s Vocation of the Theological Educator program (2014-2016). He and his wife, Lindsey Queener, live in the millwork district of Dubuque.


“The Possibility of Conflict” in Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Faith: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Emerging Church Movement, Michael Clawson and April Stace, eds. Pickwick Publications, forthcoming 2016.

“The Theological Hijacking of Religious Freedom,” Religion Dispatches, April 28, 2015.

“Overture and Variations on an Unsettled Theme: Musical Insights Into Emerging Christianity” with April Stace Vega in Currents in Theology and Mission (March/April 2015).

“Theological Ethnography: Embodied” in The Other Journal (May 2014).

“Footnote No. 3: Cautionary Notes on Dehumanizing Perpetrators” in Cross Currents, 64:1 (March 2014).

“What the Surveys Don’t (and Can’t) Say About the Rise of the ‘Spiritual but not Religious’” (Op Ed), Religion Dispatches, July 21, 2014.

“Twitter and Tragedy: A Revamped American Religious Experience” (Op Ed), Religion News Service/Washington Post, September 13, 2013.

“Improvising with Tradition: A Case (Self) Study” in The Hyphenateds: How Emergence Christianity is Re-Traditioning Mainline Practice, Phil Snider, ed. Chalice Press, 2011.


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

  • Congregational studies and lived religion
  • Spirituality across the lifespan
  • Theologies of work and vocation
  • Public theology / American religion
  • Theology and ethnography
  • Ministry in digital culture
  • Educational technology and pedagogy