Norma Cook Everist ’76 M.Div.

Rev. Dr. Norma Everist is the Distinguished Professor of Church and Ministry, Emerita, at Wartburg Theological Seminary. Her theological discipline is Ecclesiology. She taught at Yale Divinity School from 1976 to 1979. A prolific scholar and world-renowned speaker, Dr. Everist taught at Wartburg for 38 years and was the first woman tenured at a seminary of the American Lutheran Church. Dr. Everist has served nationally and internationally on many task forces in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is a pastor in the ELCA and a member of the Lutheran Diaconal Association. During her academic career and ministry, she has authored and edited many books, book chapters, and articles and has been a national columnist. Her books include The Church as Learning Community, Church Conflict: From Contention to Collaboration, and Seventy Images of Grace in the Epistles. Much of her ministry has focused on passionate advocacy and racial justice. Dr. Everist now lives in Mason City, Iowa, where she is a teaching theologian and mentor to many via Zoom