Graduate Student in Systematic Theology
Marie is currently a PhD student in Systematic Theology at Southern Methodist University (SMU). She is a Wisconsin native with roots in the Lutheran tradition, though her (somewhat unintentionally) ecumenical academic journey has taken her through several states and exposed her to numerous Christian denominations. After four years immersed in the Dutch Reformed culture of Holland, MI, Marie graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Hope College in 2015 with a BA in Christian History and Theology. She then spent a year doing ministry with the Franciscans in central New York before earning an MA in Constructive Theology at Saint Louis University (SLU). In her master’s thesis at SLU, she argued for a doctrine of theosis in Martin Luther’s theology – one grounded in his robust account of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.
At SMU, Marie plans to continue her ecumenical trajectory, focusing her research on the ecumenical, ecclesial, and ethical dimensions of the theology of Martin Luther and the Lutheran tradition.