Kyle  Schiefelbein-Guerrero

Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero, Ph.D.

Senior Adjunct of Liturgical and Theological Studies

Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero is a Senior Adjunct Faculty Member at PLTS, specializing in Liturgical and Theological Studies.  His Ph.D. dissertation, “Sin and Brokenness, Passage and Purpose: Reforms in Recent American Lutheran Rites for the Pastoral Care of the Sick,” investigates the liturgical rites for healing through historical, theological and anthropological lenses.  He  teaches courses and publishes in Lutheran history, theology and worship, and is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the North American Academy of Liturgy.

Professional History
  • Steck-Miller Assistant Professor of Worship and Liturgy, United Lutheran Seminary (2019-present)
  • Director of Digital Learning, and Lecturer in Theology and Educational Technology, Graduate Theological Union (2016-19)
  • Coordinator of Online and Continuing Education, Cal Lutheran (2014-16)
  • Coordinator of Online Education, PLTS (2013)
  • Lecturer in Liturgical and Theological Studies, PLTS (2011-13)
  • Online Learning Coordinator, Graduate Theological Union (2008-13)
  • Teaching Assistant/Associate, PLTS (2007-13)
  • Teaching Assistant, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN (2005-07)
  • Licensed Minister of Word and Sacrament, St. John Lutheran Church, Morgan, MN (2005)
  • Project Manager, Church Innovations Institute, St. Paul, MN (2004-07)
Special Service
  • Council of Distance Learning Directors in Theological Education
  • ELCA Churchwide Assembly worship resources writer
  • PLTS Assessment Taskforce
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (San Francisco) call, worship and catechumenate committees
  • ReconcilingWorks Sierra Pacific (=Lutherans Concerned/San Francisco-Bay Area) executive board member
  • North American Academy of Liturgy local planning committee
  • Association of Theological Schools Technology in Theological Education group member
  • Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union
    Liturgical Studies and Systematic Theology
    Dissertation: “Sin and Brokenness, Passage and Purpose: Reforms in Recent American Lutheran Rites for the Pastoral Care of the Sick”
  • M.Div., Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
  • B.A. summa cum laude, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    History and German Studies
    Honors thesis: “German Secularism versus American Ecclesiasticism: Cultural Views of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
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Academic Work
  • Healing and Anointing of the Sick
  • History of the Reformation
  • Lutheran Theology
  • History and Theology of Liturgy and Sacraments
  • Ecclesiology and Congregational Ministry
Administrative Work
  • Online Teaching and Learning
  • Student Assessment
  • "Flipping" the Classroom
  • Student Formation
  • “Building Collaboration with Faculty and Instructional Designers” with Beth Kumar, ATLA Proceedings [American Theological Library Association] 73 (2019).
  • “Lutheran Marriage Rites: Ritual Approaches to Truth-Telling, God-Blessing, and Community-Praying,” Liturgy 34, no. 3 (August 2019): 21-30.
  • “Defining Digital Theology: Digital Humanities, Digital Religion and the Particular Work of the CODEC Research Centre and Network” with Peter Michael Phillips and Jonas Kurlberg, Open Theology 5, no. 1 (March 2019): 23-43.
  • "Liturgy as Creation: How Rituals Communicate, Situate and Order Meaning," Cross Accent 24, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 26-31, 34-35.
  • “The Experience of Grace Revealed to the Church: Tillich and Rahner on Method and Sacrament,” Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society 36, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 22-27.
  • “‘Receive this Oil as a Sign of Forgiveness and Healing’: A Brief History of the Anointing of the Sick and Its Use in Lutheran Worship,” Word & World 30, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 51-62.
  • “The Theology of Atonement in Eastern Orthodoxy and Lutheranism Viewed through Hymnody,” Dialog 48, no. 4 (Winter 2009): 330-339.
  • “In the Voices of Those Who Knew Him: An Introduction to Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” Word & World 26, no. 1 (January 2006): 77-85.
  • “Healing Creation or Hearing Confession? The Role of Agency, Sickness and Repentance in the Current Ecological Crisis,” in Sustainable Societies: Interreligious & Interdisciplinary Responses, edited by Rita D. Sherma, et al. (Cham: Springer, forthcoming).
  • “Preaching in Advent,” “Preaching in Christmas,” and “Preaching in the Time after Epiphany,” in Sundays and Seasons: Preaching 2019: Year C (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2018).
  • “Preparing for Advent,” “Preparing for Christmas,” and “Preparing for the Time after Epiphany,” in Sundays and Seasons: Guide to Worship Planning 2019: Year C (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2018).
Reference Work Entries
  • “Music and Musical Instruments: Reformation Christianity,” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming).
  • “Last Words: Medieval and Reformation Christianity” and “Leader, Leadership: Medieval Christianity” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 15 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018).
  • “Baptism: Literature Review and Bibliography,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Martin Luther (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
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