Capital and Trinity also announced the new entity, called Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University, will begin operations Jan. 1 under the visionary leadership of a newly appointed dean, the Rev. Kathryn A. “Kit” Kleinhans, Ph.D.
Kleinhans will join the Capital family in January 2018, after serving 24 years on the faculty of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. The first woman hired to teach religion full time at Wartburg, she was named the Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission in 2013.
“My sense of calling, as a pastor and as a teacher, has always been to serve the church. The coming together of Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Capital University will provide unique opportunities to extend Trinity’s mission of ‘forming leaders for Christ's church at work in the world’ in new and exciting ways,” Kleinhans said. “I am equally excited by the promise that Trinity’s new institutional home as part of Capital University will create opportunities to enhance student learning and development through the integration of theological thinking in other areas and programs of the University. In addition to forming leaders for the church, we will contribute to the education of theologically informed leaders for all contexts of life and work. I look forward to contributing my gifts and experience to this vibrant community as we move forward together.”