Faculty Directory

Kyle K. Schiefelbein-Guerrero

Lecturer in Theology and Educational Technology
Director of Digital Learning

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since
(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.

Degrees and Certifications

PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2015
MDiv, Luther Seminary, 2007
BA, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2003

Instructional Design Mastery, Online Learning Consortium, 2017
Learning Technology Leadership Program, Educause, 2014

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Digital Theology/Liturgy
  • Theological Education
  • Rituals of Healing and Anointing the Sick
  • Reformation History, Theology and Liturgy
Selected Publications
  • “Preparing for Advent, Christmas and Time after Epiphany.” In Sundays and Seasons: Guide to Worship Planning Year C, Augsburg Fortress, 2018.
  • “Last Words: Medieval and Reformation Christianity” and “Leader, Leadership: Medieval Christianity.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception vol. 15, De Gruyter, 2018.
  • “Baptism: Literature Review and Bibliography.” In Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, Oxford, 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.
Courses Taught
  • Technology for Teaching Religious Studies and Theology
  • Theology and Liturgy in the Digital Age
  • Neighbor Care in Diverse Contexts
  • Living Worship / Lutheran Liturgy