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Susquehanna University Welcomes New Chaplain

Published on December 11, 2013

The Rev. Scott M. Kershner will join Susquehanna University as its new chaplain in January 2014.Scott Kershner

“I am honored and very excited to serve as Susquehanna’s next chaplain,” he says. “We are all called to lives of love, service and joy for the sake of the world God so loves. As chaplain, I will be a companion and fellow traveler as we seek to discern that call within ourselves and respond.”

Pastor Kershner is currently the pastor at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the North Cascade wilderness of Washington state. In this position, he oversees daily worship and provides pastoral care for more than 6,000 guests, volunteers and residential staff annually.

Prior to his Holden Village call, he was the pastor of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the headmaster of its Pre-K through 8 parochial school that served the local community. St. Stephen’s is an urban immigrant congregation with more than 15 nations of origin, largely from the Caribbean. Pastor Kershner also served as a board member of an ecumenical, interfaith community-organizing group that worked closely with Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations in Brooklyn to promote social justice and the common good.

Pastor Kershner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and did overseas volunteer work in Tanzania before earning a Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School, and a Master of Sacred Theology from the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.

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