Elizabeth Sung, M.A., M.Mus., M.Div., Ph.D.
Chester and Margaret Paluch Professor of Theology
Dr. Elizabeth (Lisa) Sung is a systematic theologian rooted in the evangelical Protestant tradition. Her visiting professorship at Mundelein—a two-year appointment beginning in Fall 2017—is aimed at helping the seminary community engage the 500th anniversary
of the Reformation with depth and nuance, as requested by Pope Francis.
The Paluch Chair of Theology is a research professorship, enabling recipients to give public lectures and to advance their scholarship. Dr. Sung’s major writing projects include the volume on theological anthropology for the multi-author systematic theology textbook series, Foundations of Evangelical Theology, and a book that analyzes, critiques, and reconstructs racial identity in light of Scripture and sociology. Her research interests include theological interpretation of Scripture; theological anthropology; the theology-social science relation; theology and culture; and the doctrine of sanctification and spiritual theology.
Prior to Mundelein Seminary, Dr. Sung was Associate Professor in the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where she taught ten master’s and doctoral courses; supervised master’s and doctoral research
projects; and designed and led a new spiritual formation program for students. She received the “Faculty Award” in 2013 from the student bodies of the Divinity School and the Graduate School. She also was a regular professor in the innovative course,
Global Theologies, offered by the five seminaries (Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant, and evangelical Protestant) that comprise the Northside Chicago Theological Institute (NCTI) of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) consortium.
Before her academic career, Dr. Sung was a vocational minister, serving with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a Theological Consultant and as a campus minister with University of Chicago graduate students. Prior to seminary, she was a campus
minister with the InterVarsity undergraduate chapters at Michigan State University and Hillsdale College. A classically trained pianist, she also served on the staff of First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, Illinois, where, as the first Director of Contemporary Worship, she trained, planned, and led worship teams in Sunday services.
Awards, Affiliations, Achievements
Dr. Sung has received fellowships from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning and the Carl F. Henry Center for Theological Understanding. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society.
In terms of formal ecumenical work, she served as a U.S. delegate to both “Cape Town 2010” (the third Lausanne Congress) and the Lausanne Forum on World Evangelization (Pattaya, Thailand, 2004). She also is an invited member of the international Catholic Evangelical Conversation,” which grew out of the Lausanne relationships and has received praise from Pope Francis.
The Chester and Margaret Paluch Chair of Theology was established to foster theological studies at Mundelein Seminary through a generous donation in 1990. Thefirst recipient of this honor, from 1990-93, was Rev. Eugene LaVerdiere, S.S.S. Other recipients have included Dr. Edward Kantowicz; Dr. Ewert Cousins; Rev. Edward Oakes, S.J.; Rev. Joseph Henchey, C.S.S.; Rev. Philip Timko, O.S.B.; Sr. Sara Butler, M.S.B.T.; Rev. Thomas Norris; Rev. William Miscamble, C.S.C.; Dr. David Fagerberg; Dr. Reinhard Hütter; and Rev. Msgr. Paul McPartlan.
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Articles & Events
- The Chester and Mary Paluch Lecture: “Understanding the Roots of Racism in U.S. Society: An Historical Overview and Biblical Reflections”
- “Love for the Other: A Theological Perspective.” Presentation at the STEAM Lecture, “Loving the Other: Science and Faith in Conversation.” Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
- The Chester and Mary Paluch Lecture: “Agapē and Erōs and ‘The Logic of Scriptural Discourse’: Toward Conceptual Clarification”
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