Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Read more about Rev. Mark S. Hanson, Executive Director of the Christensen Center for Vocation.
Lonna Field serves as Program Coordinator for the Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg University. She has worked at Augsburg University 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 an MA in Leadership from Augsburg and a 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.
Kristina Fruge serves as the Program Manager for the Riverside Innovation Hub, a collaborative effort sponsored by Augsburg’s Christensen Center for Vocation and supported by Lilly Endowment, Inc. This 5-year project launched in 2017. Prior to coming to Augsburg, Kristina worked in the St. Louis Park community for 12 years both in a community-based role with the Faith Community Partnership and as Youth Ministry Director at Wooddale Lutheran Church. She also practiced social work for several years and enjoyed many summers on staff at Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp in Amery, WI. Kristina earned an MA in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary and a BA in religion and social work from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She is a lifelong Minnesotan (minus a semester in Namibia with Augsburg’s Center for Global Education). She and her husband Nick live in South Minneapolis with their 3 children (William, Logan and Marie) and their fur baby (Roxy) where they enjoy camping, fishing and all things outdoors, superhero movies, and any excuse to spend time with family and friends.
Pastor Margaret Kelly is a second generation mission developer among people living in poverty. She is also a licensed graduate social worker (LGSW) with a focus on mental health. She is the pastor developer with Shobi’s Table, a new congregation of the Saint Paul Area Synod. It is a food truck church that increases the accessibility of worship, food and community for those on the margins in St Paul, MN. When not driving the truck, she hangs out with her daughter and son and works at Augsburg University in the Riverside Innovation Hub.
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 University, she had been a 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.
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.
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.