Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Mark Tranvik teaches in the Religion Department and serves as a Senior Fellow for the Christensen Center for Vocation. He has been at Augsburg since 1995. Prior to that, he worked at Luther Seminary and he also served as a parish pastor for ten years. Mark’s academic interests are in the Lutheran Reformation and in particular the relationship between baptism and vocation. He is originally from Duluth and has degrees from Luther College, Yale Divinity School, and Luther Seminary. He is married (Ann) and they have two sons, Isak and David. Mark speaks regularly to congregations and church groups on topics like Forgiveness: What It Is and Is Not; Baptism: The Misunderstood Sacrament; Luther and the Reformation; Faith and Politics; and 10 Bible Stories Every Christian Should Know.
Martha E. Stortz is the Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation, a position she has held since 2010. Prior to coming to Augsburg College, she had been professor of historical theology and ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary/The Graduate Union in Berkeley, California for almost thirty years. She holds a BA from Carleton College in English, an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is the author of several books, including A World According to God(2004) and Blessed to Follow (2008). Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Marty enjoys hiking, swimming, and the light in Minnesota.
Jack Fortin serves as Senior Fellow for Christensen Center for Vocation, a position he has held since 2008. Before coming to Augsburg, Jack was most recently interim senior pastor at Colonial Church of Edina and held senior management positions with Lifelong Learning at Luther Seminary, Young Life, and World Vision. Jack’s academic interest has been unpacking Luther’s understanding of vocation as the primary means used by God for us to serve the neighbor, exploring how our vocation gets expressed through a lifespan of callings due to ordinary challenges within the scope of our daily lives. Jack serves on several non-profit boards and has written a book, The Centered Life. Jack has a BA from Rockford College majoring in sociology and an M. Div from Luther Seminary. He is ordained and rostered in the Minneapolis synod-ELCA
Lonna Field serves as Program Coordinator for the Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg College. She has worked at Augsburg College since 2009 through the Lilly Grant, Campus Ministry, and the Center for Faith and Learning. Lonna’s background is in the youth development field, previously serving as Youth Education Coordinator at Redeemer Center for Life and as a Mentor Coordinator through the Boys and Girls Club. Lonna earned her BA from Wartburg College in Elementary Education and Mathematics. A native Iowan, Lonna found a love for the city through her experience in Lutheran Volunteer Corps. She currently is active in various youth ministry endeavors, volleyball leagues, and a member of the Capri Big Band.
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