Cheryl Peterson, PhD | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • Cheryl Peterson, PhD

    Professor of Theology and Associate Dean for Academics

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    Trinity Lutheran Seminary


    • Biography

      The Rev. Dr. Cheryl M. Peterson holds the Trinity Endowed Chair in Mission and Mission at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University, where she serves as Professor of Systematic Theology and Associate Dean for Academics. Before returning to her native Ohio to join the faculty of Trinity in 2005, she served parishes in Tyrone, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin for twelve years. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). 

      She is the author of Who is the Church? An Ecclesiology for the 21st Century (Fortress, 2013), in addition to several articles and book chapters. She is a frequent keynote speaker at synod assemblies, theological convocations, seminaries, and colleges, including the 2014 Kenneth Sauer Luther Symposium at her alma mater, Wittenberg University. Her research interests include pneumatology, ecclesiology, the sacraments, Lutheran theology, mission, and ecumenism. She is currently working on a book on the Holy Spirit in dialogue with Wesleyan, Pentecostal, and charismatic theologies. 

      She served on Round XI of the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue (2006-2010) and serves on the Lutheran World Federation International Dialogue Commission with the Pentecostals (2016-present). She is chair of the editorial council of Dialog: A Journal of Theology and associate editor for Anglican Theological Review and holds memberships in the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. 

      She is married to the Rev. Dr. Charles W. Peterson who is the pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio.

    • Teaches

      HTS 2031 Lutheran Confessions
      HTS 2044 Systematic Theology
      HTS 2221 Spiritual but not Religious
      HTS 3031 Being Lutheran in America
      HTS 3142 Christ and Atonement
       HTS 3143 Church and Sacraments
      HTS 3145 Holy Spirit

    • Degrees Earned

      Ph.D., Marquette University, Milwaukee WI (2004)
      M.Div., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (1991)
      B.A., Wittenberg University, Springfield OH (1986)

    • Publications

      Who is the Church? An Ecclesiology for the Twenty-First Century. Minneapolis:Fortress Press, 2013.

      Select Book Chapters:
      “The Holy Spirit and the Church in Lutheran Preaching.” In The Holy Spirit and the Church: Ecumenical Reflections with Pastoral Perspectives on ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision,’ Ashgate Contemporary Ecclesiology, ed. Thomas Hughson, S.J., 3-24. London: Routledge, 2016.

      “The Holy Spirit and Preaching in Martin Luther.” In Holy Spirit: Unfinished Agenda, ed. Johnson T. K. Lim, 310-313. Singapore: Armour Publishing & Word N Works, 2014. 

      “Healing as an Image for the Atonement: A Lutheran Consideration.” In Justification in a Post-Christian Society, ed. Carl-Henric Grenholm and Göran Gunner, 72-87. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publication, 2014. 

      “A Lutheran Engagement with Wesley on the Work of the Spirit.” In The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life: Historical, Interdisciplinary, and Renewal Perspectives, CHARIS: Christianity and Renewal-Interdisciplinary Studies, ed. Wolfgang Vondey, 93-108. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 

      “Lutheran Principles for Ecclesiology.” In Critical Issues in Ecclesiology (a Festschrift for Carl E. Braaten), ed. Alberto Garcia and Susan Wood, 148-171. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2011. 

      “Spirit and Body: A Feminist and Lutheran Conversation.” In Transformative Lutheran Theologies: Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Perspectives, ed. Mary J. Streufert, 153-164. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010. 

      Select Articles:
      “Rediscovering pneumatology in the “age of the Spirit:” a North American Lutheran Contribution.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 58/2 (Summer 2019): 102-108. 

      “The Next 500 Years—A Church Unleashed by the Spirit.” Word & World, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Fall 2017): 372-379. 

      “Ministry and the Church.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, Vol. 2 ed. Derek Nelson and Paul Hinlicky. 542-554. Oxford University Press,2017. On-line:

      “Church.” In Dictionary of Martin Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, ed. Timothy Wengert, Robert Kolb, Jonathan Strom, Mary Jane Haemig, Mark Mattes, and Mark Granquist, 145-149. Baker Academic Press, 2017. 

      “A Lutheran Exploration of Spiritual Empowerment, Pentecostal-Style.” Lutheran Forum Vol. 51, No. 2 (Summer 2017): 47-50. 

      “Theology of the Cross and the Experience of God’s Presence: A Lutheran Response to Pentecostal Wonderings.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology Vol. 55, No. 4 (Winter 2016): 316-323. 

      “The Church.” Lutheran Quarterly Vol. 30 (2016): 43-59.