Jennifer Krushas, a 2012 Master of Divinity graduate from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, has been named a finalist for the prestigious 2012 David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award. Krushas was nominated by the Rev. Dr. Shauna K. Hannan, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at the seminary.
"I am very honored to be named a finalist for the David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award," said Krushas. "The proclamation of God's word to God's people is a weighty thing. Dr. Hannan taught us to balance the responsibility of preaching with the joy that comes with delivering the astonishing good news of God's love and mercy. At LTSS, I learned what I need to attend faithfully to a biblical text. I consider the words and lessons of my professors to be important exegetical tools that will continue to inform my preaching."
The annual award is given by Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, NY, as a tribute to the Rev. Dr. David H. C. Read (1910-2001), an internationally known preacher, scholar, author and ecumenist. It is awarded to a student in the final year of a Master of Divinity Program at a Protestant theological school in the United States or Canada who demonstrate exceptional distinction in both preaching and biblical scholarship and is committed to parish ministry.
The winner of the 2012 award was Matthew Gaventa of Princeton Theological Seminary, and other finalists where Carolyn Albert from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and Randolph Ketcham from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA.
Candidates nominated for the award are judged on the basis of their seminary record, biographical statements, recommendations by two professors, recordings of two sermons (one based on an Old Testament text and the other based on a New Testament text), and brief exegetical papers in support of each sermon. This year 47 candidates were nominated from 43 theological schools.
Krushas received her Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with Honors in May 2012. She came to the seminary from Southern California as a ministry candidate from the Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She is currently assigned to the North Carolina Synod of the ELCA and is seeking her first call as a congregational pastor.
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, one of eight seminaries of the ELCA, was founded in 1830 and has been located at its current campus in Columbia, SC, since 1911. The seminary offers graduate theology degrees to Lutherans and multiple other Christian denominations, fulfilling its mission to teach, form and nurture servant leaders for public ministry and service to the church.