The Rev. Dr. Robin J. Steinke
The Rev. Dr. Robin J. Steinke came to Luther Seminary as president in June 2014. She is the first woman in the 145-year history of the seminary to be named to the position.
A native of Minnesota, Steinke completed undergraduate study at Augustana University, majoring in music. She was a middle school band director before working in finance with American Express. Recommencing study at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Ohio, she obtained masters degrees in Divinity and Sacred Theology before completing her doctorate at Cambridge in 1999, where she wrote on the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. That same year she was ordained as an associate pastor in Annandale, Virginia and joined the faculty at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburgh. At Gettysburgh, she served as professor of theological ethics and public life and academic dean.
Steinke is known for her strategic leadership and passion for sharing the gospel. Representing the ELCA on the Lutheran World Federation Council, she chairs the Committee on Theology and Ecumenical Relations of the Federation Executive and is president of the World Federation Endowment Fund. She has published and lectured widely on church leadership, vision, principles and strategies in mission, the Gospels and creeds, public conversation about ethics and theology, and formation. She retains an active interest in music as a brass player.
On Oct. 12, 2014, the Luther Seminary community celebrated the inauguration of Robin J. Steinke at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minn. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton presided.