Graduate Theological Union

Kyle K. Schiefelbein-Guerrero

Lecturer in Theology and Educational Technology
Director of Digital Learning

At GTU since 2016

PhD, GTU, 2015
MDiv, Luther Seminary, 2007
BA, University of Minnesota, 2003
Phone: 510/649-2511


Dr. Schiefelbein-Guerrero bridges the pedagogies specific to theological education with the technology employed in residential and online classrooms for Graduate Theological Union.  Through one-on-one training and workshops, he shares this skill with faculty members and doctoral students.

For him, the classroom (residential and online) is the place of bringing the historical tradition and contemporary realities into constructive conversation and mutual critique.  He brings his own historical, theological, and liturgical lenses regarding power and gender to bear upon the discovering, formulating, utilizing and questioning inherent in all teaching and learning.  In every subject, students are formed to be out in the world, drawing upon their experiences with the material and with one another, helpful form society for the common good.

This commitment also appears in his dissertation, “Sin and Brokenness, Passage and Purpose: Reforms in Recent American Lutheran Rites for the Pastoral Care of the Sick,” where he analyzes the liturgical rite of healing in Evangelical Lutheran Worship through historical, theological and anthropological lenses.

He is a member of American Academy of Religion, Educause, North American Academy of Liturgy, and North American Association for the Catechumenate.  He continues to serve as a senior adjunct faculty member at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Teaching with Technology
  • Student Assessment
  • Multimodal Theological Education
  • Rituals of Healing and Anointing the Sick
  • Reformation History, Theology, and Liturgy

Selected Publications

  • “Baptism in Martin Luther’s Theology,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion, 2017
  • “Liturgy as Creation: How Rituals Communicate, Situate and Order Meaning,” Cross Accent, Spring 2016
  • “The Experience of Grace Revealed to the Church: Tillich and Rahner on Method and Sacrament,” Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society, Winter 2010
  • “‘Receive this oil as a sign of forgiveness and healing’: A Brief History of the Anointing of the Sick and Its Use in Lutheran Worship,” Word & World, Winter 2010
  • “The Theology of Atonement in Eastern Orthodoxy and Lutheranism Viewed through Hymnody,” Dialog, Winter 2009

Courses Taught

  • Technology for Teaching Religion
  • American Lutheranism
  • Lutheran Liturgy