Research Professor of Lutheran Studies and Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence and the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs
Robert Saler came to CTS in the fall of 2012. Prior to joining the seminary staff, he was Visiting Lecturer in systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Gary, IN. He was previously interim pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Merrillville, IN. He is an ordained minister of Word and sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
He received his BA summa cum laude from Valparaiso University, an MA in theology from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and the M.Div., Th.M. and Ph.D. (with distinction) from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has pursued additional study at the University of Notre Dame and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York.
Saler’s research interests encompass both historical and systematic theology. He has published numerous scholarly articles in areas such as postmodernism, hermeneutics, early modern theology (particularly around the European Reformation and its legacy), ecological theology, and ecclesiology. He served as contributing editor for Fortress Press’ revised editions of the textbooks The Christological Controversy and The Trinitarian Controversy (Fortress Press, 2012). His articles and reviews have appeared in such publications as Pro Ecclesia, The Christian Century, Currents in Theology and Mission, The Cresset, American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Expositions, and The Lutheran Forum. Most recently he authored Between Magisterium and Marketplace: A Constructive Account of Theology and the Church (Fortress, 2014). He is currently writing a book on contemporary uses of the theology of the cross.
He is a member of the American Theological Society (Midwest Division), the ELCA Association of Teaching Theologians, and the American Academy of Religion.