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David von Schlichten D.Min., Ph.D., M.F.A.
Joined Seton Hill
Greensburg, PA
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Dave was born in Easton, Pa and graduated from Bangor High School in Bangor, PA. He majored in English and religion at Drew University. From May 24, 1997 to November 13, 2020, Dave was a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Dave has a doctorate in ministry, a Ph.D. in English (Literature and Criticism), and an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction (from Seton Hill). He is a feminist deeply involved with the Blackburn Center, a non-profit committed to ending gender-based violence. Dave is married to Kim and has two adult step-children, Michael and Katie, and a granddaughter, Mle. He has over 200 publishing credits in various genres. He loves animals. Dave is athletically inept, although he did complete the Pittsburgh marathon in 2010. Oh, and he can juggle.


  • M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, Seton Hill University, 2019
  • Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism, IUP, 2012
  • D.Min., Lutheran Theological Seminary Philadelphia, 2003
  • M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, 1997, divisional honors in homiletics
  • M.A. in English (summa cum laude), Kutztown University, 1993
  • B.A. in English and religion (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Drew University, 1991


  • Over 200 publications including the following: "The Bible Out of the Pew: An Empowering Guide for the Spiritual But Not Religious" (Wipf and Stock 2019) numerous articles for the journal "Lectionary Homiletics" and; "Poedifier," poetry chapbook, Plowman Ministries, 2005; "Words Fitly Spoken: Biblical Guidance for More Powerful Preaching," CSS, 2008 (book on preaching); an article and a book chapter on Elizabeth Ann Seton; I have also published flash fiction and poetry and am seeking a publisher for my women's fiction novel.


  • Membership, 1885 Club (honor society for graduates of Bangor High School (in PA) who have achieved significant distinction vocationally/in the community) (October 2013); Nominee, Women and Girls Foundation’s recognition of men who have contributed to the advancement of women (May 2012); Phi Beta Kappa (1991)


  • Coordinator of the Gender and Women's Studies Program
  • Faculty Co-Advisor, Seton Hill Feminist Collective


  • I have presented papers on teaching composition, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Flannery O'Connor, Sylvia Plath, a nineteenth century whaling journal by Annie Holmes Ricketson, Joan Didion, feminist eschatology, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, and more


  • In 2010-11, I performed for church events a thirty-minute, one-person play based on the book of Jonah


  • Served as pastor of Saint James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown, PA 1997-2014 Former editor for "Lectionary Homiletics" Former columnist for