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Dr. Marney Fritts

Marney Fritts Barry Fritts Lutheran Pastors

Educational Experience:

Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; Graduation: May 2012

  • Ph.D. Systematic Theology, Thesis: “Responses to Gustaf

       Aulén’s Christus Victor and Their Impact on the Doctrine of Atonement for Proclamation”


Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; Graduation: May 2002

  • M.A. Doctrine & Theology


Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA; Graduation: August 1996

  • B.S. Biology

  • B.A. Religion


Glencoe High School, Hillsboro, OR; Graduation: June 1992

Additional Educational Experience:

  • University of Minnesota, German Language Course, Spring 2001- Fall 2001

  • Goethe Institut, Prien am Chiemsee, Germany June 2001-July 2001

  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Tacoma, WA

  • Lay School of Theology, Spring 1999-Spring 2000

Pertinent Vocational Experience:

Saint Paul Lutheran Seminary, Minneota, MN: Professor of Systematic

Theology September 2011- present

On-Line Classes taught:

  • Creation and the Triune God

  • Jesus Christ and the Triune God

  • Holy Spirit, the Life of the Church and the Triune God


Frequent Pulpit Supply, Tacoma, WA, St. Paul, MN, Friedensburg, PA

Plentywood, MT, and Bratislava, Slovakia 2000 – 2014


Adult Education Instructor at Living Word Lutheran Church

Seward, NE, August 2014- current


Guest Preacher and Speaker at Epiphany, “Lutheran Distinctions,” Zion

Lutheran Church, Kent, WA January 20-23, 2013


Adult Education Instructor at Zion Lutheran Church

Kent, WA September 2012- May 2014


Keynote Speaker, “What is it to Confess?” LCMC High Plains District,

Plentywood Lutheran Church, January 2011

Plentywood Lutheran Church, Plentywood, MT 2010

Women’s Bible Study Leader, “Lord’s Prayer: Learning How to

Open Our Bags Wide in Prayer”

Guest Speaker, “Itching Ears,” Institute of Lutheran Theology Summer

Theological Conference, Mt. Carmel Ministries, June 2010


Hartwick Seminary Institute of Theology, Oneonta, New York: Instructor July 2008, July 2009

Classes taught:

  • Preaching Jesus Christ and the Forgiveness of Sins

  • Creation and the Triune God

  • Justification and Vocation

Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN: Teaching Assistantship with Dr. Steven Paulson, September 2003-May 2007


  • Research

  • Editing

  • Evaluation of students’ papers

  • Proctoring oral examinations

  • Manage course websites

  • Courses: Lutheran Confessional Writings; Creation; Jesus

Christ, The Holy Spirit and the Life of the Church; Theology of

Martin Luther; Death and Resurrection

Adjunct Professor, “Christian Vocation and the Search for Meaning,”

(Religion 200), Augsburg College, Fall Semester 2005

Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN: Teaching Assistantship with Dr. James Nestingen, September 2001- May 2002


  • Proctor oral examinations

  • Evaluate students’ papers

  • Research

  • Editing

  • Courses: Lutheran Confessional Writings; Confession and Absolution; Theology of the Cross


Adult Forum Instructor, “Atonement Theories: Their Uses and How They Go Bad,” Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church,

St. Paul, MN, March 2007


Guest Lecturer, “The Lutheran Church in Post-Communist Slovakia,”

Modern Church History HC3315, Luther Seminary, March 3, 2004


Adult Forum Instructor, “Slovakia,” Emmanuel Lutheran Church,

Tacoma, WA, December 21, 2003

ELCA DGM Missionary: Teacher of English at the bi-lingual high

school, Evanjeliscke Lycéum, Bratislava, Slovakia,

August 2002 June 2003


Instructor of Intermediate Conversational English at the Language

Center, Bratislava, Slovakia, September 2002- June 2003


Adult Forum Instructor, “On Prayer,” Emmanuel Lutheran Church, December 2001

Other Vocational Experience

Wife to Richard Barry Fritts, married August 18, 2007


Mother to Zoe Jollison Fritts, who will be 7 years old in December and

Zachary Ryder Fritts, who will be 4 years old August


EMT-Basic Certification, March 2011- 2013


Nuclear Medicine Lab Technician, Central Pharmacy,

Tacoma, WA, September 1999- July 2000

Seasonal Experimental Biologist for the Salmon Project, Department of

Oregon Fish and Wildlife, May 1998- September 1998


Team Leader for Riparian Habitat Restoration, AmeriCorps,

Tacoma, WA, October 1996- July 1997


Microbiology Lab Assistant for Dr. Angie Alexander,

Pacific Lutheran University, September 1994- May 1996

Volunteer Experience:

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Friedensburg, PA, 2008

  • Chair of the Adult Christian Education Committee, current

  • Adult Bible Study Leader, Galatians, 2007-2009


Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Tacoma, WA, 1998-2000

  • Adult Education Committee President 1999

  • Adult Forum Instructor

  • Youth Group Assistant


Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Tacoma, WA, 1996-2000

  • Aquarium Animal Husbandry and Dive Collection Assistant

Academic Distinctions:

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Tacoma, WA

Annual Endowment Scholarship 2000-2002, 2003-2008


Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Hinck Medical Scholarship 1992


Language Experience:

Sprachkursstupendium Evangelischerkirche Deutschland des

Goethe Institut, June 2001-July 2001


German Language Proficiency Exam, Luther Seminary, 2004


Latin Language Proficiency Exam, Luther Seminary, 2005


Reading/Translating Proficient in Swedish, Greek, & Hebrew

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