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Sheldon Sorge is new associate director of The Louisville Institute

Dec 18, 2006

Contact: James W. Lewis or Suzanne Case

The Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge, has been named Associate Director of the Louisville Institute, effective January 1, 2007.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Sorge has served since 2000 as Associate for Theology and Worship in the national offices of the denomination. In that position, he directed the Company of New Pastors, a national mentored peer-group program for ministerial candidates and first-call pastors funded by Lilly Endowment. Previously he served churches in Durham, North Carolina; Marion, Virginia; and Elkins, West Virginia. He has also taught at Duke Divinity School, King College, Elim Bible Institute, the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Croatia.

As Associate Director, Sorge will administer the Louisville Institute’s Sabbatical Grants for Pastoral Leaders program and have principal responsibility for its convening work with pastors. He will also work with other Louisville Institute grantmaking and convening efforts to bring together pastoral leaders and scholar-educators in religion and theology for the good of the church and North American society, including the Institute’s new research grant program focusing on pastoral leadership.

“Sheldon Sorge brings a wealth of pastoral, congregational, and denominational experience to the position of associate director. He perfectly embodies the Louisville Institute’s aspiration to bring pastor and academic together for the good of the church,” stated James W. Lewis, Executive Director of the Louisville Institute.

Dean Thompson, President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Moderator of the Louisville Institute Board, added, “The Board and I are delighted with the appointment of Sheldon Sorge to this position and look forward to working with him in the important task of supporting those who lead congregations in North America.”

A native of western Canada, Sorge was educated at Roberts Wesleyan College and Duke University, where he earned the Ph.D. in Christian theology and ethics and wrote a dissertation on Karl Barth and ecclesiology. Author of numerous published essays on theology, worship, and ministry, he also continues to pursue a life-long love of music as a pianist and composer. He is married to the Rev. Tammy Wiens, who earned her Masters in theology from Louisville Seminary in 2006, and has two grown daughters and two grandsons. His daughter, Stephanie Sorge, is a Master of Divinity student at Louisville Seminary.

The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions.

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