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David von Schlichten D.Min., Ph.D., M.F.A.
Joined Seton Hill
2008
Hometown
Greensburg, PA
Contact Info
vonschlichten@setonhill.edu

Dave was born in Easton, Pa and graduated from Bangor High School in Bangor, PA. He majored in English and religion at Drew University. He is 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.

Education

  • 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

Publications

  • Over 200 publications including the following: numerous articles for the journal "Lectionary Homiletics" and GoodPreacher.com; "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.

Awards

  • 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)

Organizations

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

Presentations

  • 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

Performances

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

Certifications

  • Ordained, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Achievements

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