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Nelson W. Trout Lectures

April 11-12, 2024

Featuring the Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgman

The Trout Lectures honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Nelson W. Trout (1920-1996). He was a Trinity Lutheran Seminary alumnus, a member of the Trinity faculty, and the first African American elected to serve as a Lutheran bishop. His vibrant preaching and commitment to social ministry inspired hundreds of seminary students and touched thousands of lives. As always, this year's Lectures are held in his honor.  

Trinity is delighted to announce that the 2024 Nelson W. Trout Lectures will feature Dr. Valerie Bridgeman currently serves as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, as well as Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at the Methodist Theological School of Ohio.

Registration for the Nelson W. Trout lectures is free and will open in early 2024.

Valerie Bridgeman

Support the Trout Endowment

The Nelson W. Trout Lectures are, in part, endowment supported. To support the Trout Lectures, please give online.
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