The Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger – Interim Rector
OUR INTERIM RECTOR
The Rev. Karl Krueger, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, History of Christianity
Director Emeritus, Krauth Memorial Library
Father Krueger came to Washington Memorial Chapel in 2015 as Priest Associate. He was responsible for Stewardship, Parish Life, Christian Education, and Worship. He is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has pastored a German/English congregation in Philadelphia, and a Slovak/English congregation in Windsor, Ontario. He also served as an interim in four congregations. He became our Interim Rector in February 2018 at the request of the Diocese.
Father Krueger studied theology at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia [LTSP]. He received his doctorate in history from the University of Michigan. His major academic interest was and remains the role of religion in the migration experience of Germans and Poles to the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries.
He administered the Krauth Memorial Library and taught courses in church history at LTSP for 17 years before stepping down in 2016. Father Krueger attended summer intensives at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and in 2007 was selected from a national pool of candidates to participate in the Reformation of the Book, a seminar that was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has published articles in the LUTHERAN QUARTERLY, CHURCH HISTORY, and the ATLA Proceedings. His most recent article in LUTHERAN QUARTERLY (2017) discusses the marginal notes that Mary Mühlenberg (1727-1802) inscribed in her devotional book.
Father Karl lives in Paoli with his partner of 36 years, Jeffrey. Both are shepherded by “Rosie,” an adorable pit-bull.