Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Soto can now add the title of Professor of Practice to her continuing roles as Coordinator of Field Education for Master of Divinity students and Advisor for Global Theological Education. Dr. David M. Mellott, Dean of Lancaster Seminary, announced her promotion recently.
“Professors of Practice are those teachers who help us better understand how the practice of ministry is its own distinct context for learning and transformation,” said Dr. Mellott. “Dr. Soto does just this for our students and for us faculty members. She has brought significant gifts to the Seminary, the students, and the curriculum including teaching Family Violence: A Sociological and Theological Response, co-teaching the Cross-Cultural Seminar, facilitating the creation of the new Chaplaincy Specialization, and serving as a faculty advisor to students, among other responsibilities.”
Elizabeth joined Lancaster Seminary in 2008. An ordained Mennonite minister, she is serving until 2015 as moderator of Mennonite Church USA, the denomination’s highest leadership position.
She teaches and leads workshops on nonviolence, and peace and justice issues. She previously served as associate chaplain at Women & Babies Hospital in Lancaster. She is the author of “Family Violence: Reclaiming a Theology of Nonviolence” (Orbis Books, 2008) and “Seek Peace and Pursue It: Women, Faith and Family Care, Mennonite Women Bible Study Guide” (2011).
Elizabeth, a Lancaster resident, is a native of Puerto Rico. She earned a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in religion from Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico in San Juan, and a bachelor’s degree in health education from University of Puerto Rico. She also studied at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.