Graduate Faculty


ILT has a remarkably qualified and capable faculty. They are spiritually mature Christians, accomplished scholars, and skilled teachers who are committed to the Scriptures and the church’s confessions of faith and to the task of equipping their students to proclaim the gospel. 

Graduate Faculty


Benne, Robert Ph.D.

Professor of Theological Ethics

B.A. Midland University (1959)
M.A. University of Chicago Divinity School (1963)
Ph.D. University of Chicago Divinity School (1970)

Bielfeldt, Dennis Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophical Theology

B.S. South Dakota State University (1977)
M.A. University of Iowa (1984)
Ph.D. University of Iowa (1987) 


Hillmer, Mark Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical Theology

B.A. Northwestern College (1957)
M.Div. Concordia Theological Seminary (1962)
M.A. University of Wisconsin (1963)
Ph.D. Hebrew Union College (1966)


Kilcrease, Jack Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology

B.A. Luther College (2001); 
M.A. Luther Seminary (2003);
Ph.D. Marquette University (2009)


Kwok, Eddie Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology

B.Sc., University of Singapore (1980)
Ph.D., London School of Theology (2004)
M.Div., Regent College, Vancouver (1986)


Lioy, Dan Ph. D.

Professor of Biblical Theology

B.S. University of Southern California (1981)
M.Th. Dallas Theological Seminary (1988)

Ph.D. North-West University - Potchefstroom (2002)

Patterson, David



B.A. Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle (1999);
C.P.S. Trinity Lutheran College (2000);
MLIS University of Washington (2002);
M.R. Institute of Lutheran Theology (2015)


Rynearson, Timothy 
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology 


B.A. Concordia College -Ann Arbor (1981)
M.Div. Concordia Seminary (1985) 
S.T.M. Concordia Seminary (1995) 

Sorum, Jonathan Th. D.

Professor of Systematic 

and Historical Theology

B.A. University of North Dakota (1976)
M.Div. Luther Seminary (1980)
M.Th. Luther Seminary (1985)
Th.D. Luther Seminary (1994)

Graduate Faculty - Adjunct


Corcoran, Henry 
Pastoral Theology 


B.A. Concordia University, IL (1976) 
M.Div. Concordia Theological Seminary (1981) 
M.Ed. Marquette University (1989) 
Ph.D. University of Denver (2007) 


Hein, Steven 
Pastoral Theology 


M.Th. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1973) 
M.Div. Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne (1971) 
B.S. San Jose State University (1967) Ph.D. St. Louis University (1988)


Knefelkamp, David 
Biblical Theology – New Testament Greek 


B.S. Central Michigan University (2003) 
M.Div. Concordia Seminary (2007)


Mattes, Mark
Historical and Systematic Theology

A.A., Waldorf College
B.A., St. Olaf College
M.Div., Luther Seminary
Ph.D., The University of Chicago

Nelson, David 
Historical and Systematic Theology 


B.A. University of Alabama at Birmingham (1998) 
M.Div. Beeson Divinity School (2004) 
Ph. D. University of Aberdeen, Scotland (2011) 

Rasmussen, John 
Pastoral Theology  


B.A. Luther College (1973) 
M.Div. Luther Seminary (1978) 
M.Th. Luther Seminary (2007) 


Scott, Karen 
Doctor of Ministry 


M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary  
Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary 


Swenson, Timothy

Pastoral Theology


M.Div. Luther Seminary (1990)



Theiss, Steven 
Pastoral Theology  


A.A. Concordia Lutheran Junior College (1975) 
B.A. Concordia Senior College (1977) 
M.Div. Concordia Seminary (1981) 
M.P.Ed. Concordia University, Seward (1993)