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Nelson W. Trout Lectures
The Trout Lectures honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Nelson W. Trout (1920-1996). He was a Trinity Lutheran Seminary alumnus, a member of the Trinity faculty, and the first African American elected to serve as a Lutheran bishop. His vibrant preaching and commitment to social ministry inspired hundreds of seminary students and touched thousands of lives. As always, this year's Lectures are held in his honor.
Trinity is delighted to announce that the 2022 Nelson W. Trout Lectures will feature Bishop Yehiel Curry, who currently serves as the Bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Thursday, January 20th3:00pm - Afternoon Lecture from Bishop Curry7:00pm - Evening Worship Service with Bishop Curry Preaching
Friday, January 21st10:00am - Closing Lecture with Bishop Curry11:30am - Community Lunch1:00pm - Conversation with Black Church Clergy: "Fostering a Seminary and Black Church Relations: Where Do We Go From Here?" (All are welcome)
Rev. Yehiel Curry was born, raised and still resides on the south side of Chicago
with his wife of 25 years, Lashonda and their three daughters: Shemiah, Ashirah
and Shekinah. His first involvement with ordained ministry was an uncommon
one. Similarly, the congregation he served had an uncommon beginning as well.
Shekinah Chapel Lutheran Church in Riverdale, Illinois, grew out of a youth
development and mentoring program for young African-American men called,
Safe in My Brothers Arms (SIMBA), on the south side of Chicago.
Yehiel Curry attended Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, where he received
a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Secondary Education in 1995. After four
years in the social service field, Yehiel Curry spent another four years teaching 6th
grade Social Studies at Doolittle East Middle School, a Chicago Public School
nestled in the Ida B. Wells public housing projects.
In 1997, he was part of a team that was helping to organize a new worshiping
community in Chicago with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
In 2007, Yehiel Curry began serving as the lay Mission Developer of Shekinah
Chapel. Rev. Yehiel Curry was ordained on April 26, 2009 after two years of
study at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) through the
Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) program. In 2012,
Shekinah Chapel became an organized congregation of the ELCA and in 2013,
Pastor Curry received his Master of Divinity from LSTC.
Rev. Yehiel Curry served as board member for Rescue, Release and Restore, Inc.
NFP (RRR) – a mentoring organization with programs in six cities. RRR focuses
on conflict resolution, rites of passage and cultural expression and houses the
SIMBA/ Safe in My Sisters’ Arms (SIMSA) camps for African American youth
and the MYLA Camp – a multicultural leadership camp in partnership with Living
Water Ministries in Michigan.
Pastor Curry was blessed to minister God’s word in Liberia & Rwanda, Africa;
before 35,000 youth at the Youth Gathering; at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly
and various synods throughout the U.S.
On June 8, 2019, Rev. Yehiel Curry was elected to Bishop of the Metropolitan
Bishop Curry is a past contributor to an ELCA worship resource, Sundays and
Seasons and has authored Bring them in, train them up and ship them out and Rods
and Blessing for other ELCA publications.
Bishop Curry is the recipient of:
Bishop Curry’s life’s journey informs and influences his apprenticeship model of
mentorship which maintains that you should make a friend before you try to make
a member because it’s easier to quit on a denomination and harder to quit on a
The Nelson W. Trout Lectures are, in part, endowment supported. To support the Trout Lectures, please give online. Please note: When asked for designation, select "Other" and then write in "Trout Endowment"
Please email Tori McGraw-Rowe with questions or call 614-236-6612.