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Nancy Koester teaches in the Religion Department on an adjunct basis.  She is on the clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  As part of her vocation she teaches adult forums in churches around the Twin Cities, where she meets many people with Augsburg connections.

Koester is the author of Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2013). She is currently working on a new expanded version of her Fortress Introduction to the History of Christianity in the U.S.  In the field of spirituality, she has published Journeying Through Lent with Luke and numerous Bible studies; she recently completed a two year program in Spiritual Direction at Christos Center in Lino Lakes, MN.

Professor Koester loves working with students, especially doing “time travel” to discover what people believed and how they changed the world. “Why Study History?” she will ask you.  “Because objects in the rearview mirror are closer than they appear.”

She is an active member of St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul and is part of the Twin Cities Sacred Harp Singing community. She and her husband, Craig, have two adult children.  Her son and daughter-in-law are both graduates of Augsburg College.

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  • B.A. American Studies, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
  • Master of Divinity, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
  • Ph.D. in History of Christianity, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN