Nelson W. Trout Lectures | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


    • Nelson W. Trout Lectures

      Beverly Wallace

      The Rev. Dr. Beverly Wallace, Associate Professor of Congregational and Community Care at Luther Seminary will keynote the 2020 Trout Lectures. Her address is entitled: “Do You Want to be Well? ‘Cause Wholeness Ain’t No Trifling Thing: The Necessity of Healing Work in Theological Education for Authentic Diversity.”

      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 fo 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.

      Our Speaker 

      The Rev. Dr. Wallace is an ordained Lutheran clergywoman and professor at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a womanist scholar and passionate about the wholeness of all people. In addition to service in the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA, Dr. Wallace has extensive experience as a university and hospital chaplain. As a therapist, she has supported women and children experiencing homelessness, social justice leaders, and efforts to heal racial trauma. Her publications and research focuses on trauma, grief, and loss in the African American community.

      Event Schedule 

      Thursday, April 23rd

      • 3:00 PM Plenary Address I
      • 5:00 PM Banquet Dinner
      • 7:00 PM Worship Service, The Rev. Dr. Wallace preaching 

      Friday, April 24th

      • 8:30 AM Coffee and Refreshments
      • 9:30 AM Plenary Address II

      The Trout Lectures are open to students, faculty, clergy, the Columbus community, and the general public. All are warmly invited to attend all or any individual part of our event. The lectures are free to attend, though registration is requested, as it allows us to adequately prepare to host all our guests. Additionally, Thursday night’s banquet is open to all, though registration is required, and the dinner costs $18.

      Register Now 


      Trout guests are welcome to make reservations at The Courtyard at a special $99/night rate. To secure this special pricing, please book your reservation hereby March 22nd. The hotel is located close to Trinity and a complimentary shuttle will run between the hotel and seminary during the lectures.


      Trinity Lutheran Seminary is located at 2199 E Main Street in Columbus. Trout guests are welcome to park anywhere the seminary’s lot, which may be entered from College Avenue. Additionally, street parking is available on Sheridan Avenue.


      Please email Tori McGraw-Rowe with questions or call 614-236-6612.