Luther College extends invitation to Gospel Sunday service: Rev. Jim Echols to lead service

Luther College Ministries will host its annual Gospel Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther campus.

The college extends an invitation to the community to attend the service.

The guest preacher will be the Rev. Jim Echols, co-editor of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics.

Luther's Cathedral Choir, directed by Sandra Peter, Luther associate professor of music, and Luther's Gospel Choir, directed by Brendon Adams, will provide music for the service.

Ordained in 1979, Echols spent the first few years of his career serving Lutheran congregations in New Haven, Conn., and Hempstead, N.Y.

Echols joined the faculty of the ELCA's Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1982. He taught American church history and was academic dean for six years.

In 1992, Echols was elected president of the Luther School of Theology in Chicago. Over the course of his 14-year term, LSTC completed a number of ambitious projects such as a $56 million comprehensive campaign and the building of Augustana Chapel. Echols resigned from his position in 2011 to reconnect with his roots as a pastor.

Echols believes the question "How shall I or how shall we live?" is foundational for human existence. His current involvement with the study of Christian ethics revolves around discovering how people can answer this question through thought, word and deed.

Echols holds a bachelor's degree from Temple University and the Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He also holds the Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Yale University.