Rev. Jan Schnell Rippentrop
Rev. Jan Schnell Rippentrop is a political theologian and community organizer. Trained as a Lutheran pastor and preaching professor, she teaches in the DMin in Preaching Program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. Much of her academic writing works against oppression and toward liberation. She is particularly interested in how eschatology—God’s coming that breaks into the world—liberates people to hope in and work toward the justice that God creates. In her teaching, preaching and research, she is committed to interdisciplinarity, theories that have street cred, and pedagogies or methodologies that recognize the inherent value and wisdom that each participant brings. A conference speaker and preacher, she delights in God’s spirited movement in the fabric of our daily lives and on the streets of our public spaces.
Rev. Rippentrop and her family live on an acreage that is off the grid, where they are restoring a natural Iowa prairie. They share interest in music, reading, theater, and playing outside.