Rev. Dr. Kathryn Kleinhans

Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission

More about Rev. Dr. Kathryn Kleinhans

Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission

The Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage was established in 2013 through a generous gift from Mike and Marge McCoy

Dr. Kathryn A. Kleinhans holds a B.A. in Theology from Valparaiso University, an M.Div. from Christ Seminary – Seminex and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Emory University. She joined the Wartburg faculty in 1993 as the first woman teaching full-time in Religion.

Kleinhans’ teaching responsibilities are primarily in Christian theology and church history, with an emphasis on Martin Luther and the theology and history of the Reformation. She writes and speaks frequently on the relevance of Luther and the Reformation today – especially in light of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation in 2017.

Kleinhans chaired the Religion and Philosophy Department from 1999-2010. She has been part of the leadership team for the Discovering and Claiming Our Callings Initiative, Wartburg’s vocational exploration emphasis funded by a $2,500,000 grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. since its inception. During her tenure at Wartburg, she has chaired the Appointment, Rank, and Tenure Committee, the General Education Committee, and the Faculty Development Committee. She currently serves as co-chair of the Mission Effectiveness Committee and as one of the two coordinators of IS 101, the College’s common seminar for first-year students.

Kleinhans is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with which Wartburg College is affiliated. Before coming to Wartburg, she served as one of the pastors of the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Atlanta, Georgia. She has served the ELCA at the national level in several capacities: as a member of the Program Committee of the ELCA’s Vocation and Education unit, as chair of the Addressing Social Concerns Review process, as a member of the Stewards of Abundance project focused on reducing seminary student indebtedness, and currently as a member of the Women and Justice Task Force and as a member of the Entrance Rite Discernment Group for the ELCA’s proposed Word and Service roster. She also serves on the Board of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque.

The McCoys are parents of two Wartburg graduates, Matthew (1993) and Michele (1997). Mike McCoy, formerly executive vice president and chief financial officer at Hormel Foods Corporation, has held leadership roles on the Board of Regents, the President’s Advisory Council, and as national chair for Commission on Mission, the College’s strategic planning initiative. The McCoys are co-chairs of the Transforming Tomorrow Campaign and also have served on the Parents’ Advisory Committee.