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Sarah Hinlicky Wilson has been the Editor of Lutheran Forum since 2007. She received her B.A. in Theology and Philosophy from Lenoir-Rhyne College and her M.Div. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is an ordained pastor of the Slovak Zion Synod in the ELCA and presently serves as Assistant Research Professor at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, where among other things she serves as the Consultant to the International Lutheran-Orthodox Joint Commission and the International Lutheran-Classical Pentecostal Dialogue. Her articles have appeared in First Things, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Christian Century, and various other journals in print and online. Her husband Andrew L. Wilson is the Production Editor of Lutheran Forum. Sarah and Andrew have one son, Ezekiel.
Associate Editor Paul Sauer received his B.A. in Classical Civilizations from Valparaiso University and his M. Div. and S.T.M. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and is currently writing his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Education from Fordham University. He serves as Pastor at the Lutheran School and Church of Our Saviour, Bronx, NY, Associate Professor of Religion and director of the pre-seminary and pre-deaconess programs at Concordia-New York and is the Executive Director of the ALPB. Paul is a Vice President of the Atlantic District, LCMS, with responsibility for the 5 boroughs of New York and Westchester County. He and his wife Jessica, a fifth grade teacher at Our Saviour and a deaconess with the Lutheran Deaconess Association, have three children, Katharine, Rosie and Atadrik.
Interim Editor Matthew Staneck received his B.A. from Valparaiso University, studying political science and classical civilizations. He received his M. Div from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and serves as pastor at True Light Lutheran Church in Lower Manhattan. He also serves as the circuit visitor for Circuit 6 of the Atlantic District of the LCMS. He and his wife Stephanie, a bridal sales representative in Manhattan, were married in October 2014 and live in Lower Manhattan.
Interim Editor Matthew Ryan Gonzalez earned his B.A. in Theology with a concentration in Judeo-Christian Heritage from Concordia College-New York, where he also earned a Fellows Honors degree, being graduated as the 2007 valedictorian. He received his M. Div from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and serves as pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York. He also serves as a teacher of Religious Studies at the Lutheran School of Our Saviour, Bronx, NY. He and his wife Katherine, a certified French & Spanish language educator, were married in June 2012 and celebrated the birth of their daughter, Phoebe, in November of 2014.
Editor Richard O. Johnson retired in 2013 after 38 years as a parish pastor. He received his B.A. from San Francisco State University in Philosophy and Religion; an M.Div. from Yale; and a Ph.D. in Church History from the Graduate Theological Union. He is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Church History at Fuller Theological Seminary, teaching at their Northern California campus and in their online program. He has written articles for Lutheran Quarterly and Word and World and delivered several papers at the Lutheran Historical Conference. He and his wife, Lois Solberg Johnson, live in Grass Valley, CA. and are the parents of two children: Luke Johnson, a journalist in Houston, and Johanna Rehbaum, a pastor in the Upstate New York Synod of the ELCA.
Associate Editor Peter Speckhard serves as Senior Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School in Munster, Indiana. He previously served as Senior Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Associate Pastor, also at Faith, and missionary-at-large for the Northern Illinois District of the LCMS, planting Community of Faith Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, IL. He is a 1997 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (though he attended both LCMS seminaries, transferring from Ft. Wayne after one year due to a job opportuity for his wife in St. Louis) and a 1992 graduate of Valparaiso University, where he received a B.A. in English as a Christ College associate. He has also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, has participated in the pastor-theologian program of the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ, and has served on the boards of various LCMS-affiliated schools and organizations. He is married to Heidi, a Latin teacher-turned-homemaker and has six children.
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