Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Names New Rector and Dean

By Allie Bentley

Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications for Lenoir-Rhyne University

The Rev. Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore has been announced as the newly appointed rector and dean at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) of Lenoir-Rhyne University, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Shore began her duties in February.

In her role as rector and dean, Shore serves as the lead academic and church administrator for LTSS and works to further develop the seminary to an exemplary status within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

“I look forward to deepening our relationships with congregations and other innovative ministries to which our students will be called,” Shore said. “Our alumni are crucial partners in helping to strengthen connections within the ELCA and with our ecumenical partners. Together, we are stronger and more imaginative as we prepare leaders for mission.”

LTSS, which was founded in 1830 and merged with Lenoir-Rhyne in 2012, offers graduate degrees in Christian ministry, divinity, sacred theology, and theological studies. LTSS is one of seven ELCA seminaries in the United States, and the only ELCA seminary in the Southeast. Rich in tradition and welcoming to seminarians from many denominations, LTSS boasts a dedicated, collegial faculty and a broad alumni base of distinguished regional and national church leaders.

Before beginning her position at LTSS, Shore served as pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brevard, North Carolina. She also served 16 years at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she held positions as a professor with tenure and associate dean.

“Dr. Shore has extraordinary credentials and was clearly the top candidate recommended by the students, faculty, and staff at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary,” said University President Dr. Fred Whitt. “She is highly qualified to represent our seminary to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and beyond.”

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