Meet the Staff

Chris Croghan, Director

Chris Croghan, DirectorChris Croghan is driven by the same motives that inspired Luther, a deep seated concern for the proclamation of the Gospel and the care of souls. These motivations inspired Chris to help establish and direct the Luther House of Study (LHOS) at Augustana University and Sioux Falls Seminary.

Trained as a Reformation scholar specializing in the life and teachings of Martin Luther, pastoral ministry remains central to Chris’ vocational identity. After graduating from Augustana University, Chris earned a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in 1995, was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America for Word and Sacrament ministry and served as a parish pastor in St. Charles, Minnesota.

After five years of ministry, Chris was invited to study at Luther Seminary once again — and, in 2007 was granted a Ph.D. degree in Church History. In 2004, Chris joined Augustana University’s Religion Department.

Shortly after, in hopes of easing the ordination process for Lutheran students and providing a resource for clergy in the region, an idea for a house of study began to form. Then in 2006, through a broad collaboration between the two educational institutions, Lutheran Outdoors of South Dakota, the South Dakota Synod and many local supporters, the Luther House of Study became a reality.

As the Director for the LHOS, Chris teaches at Sioux Falls Seminary, and also serves as a resource for various SD Synod programs. Chris hopes the LHOS will nurture the proclamation of the gospel in this region, thus benefiting current and future Lutheran clergy, lay professionals and congregation members.

Sarah Stenson, Associate Director

What do corporate law, family and proclaiming the gospel have in common? Ask Sarah Stenson, and she will tell you each of these things is something for which she has a deep passion.

After graduating from Luther College, Sarah attended the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated with a J.D. in 1992. She worked as a corporate attorney at Honeywell Inc. and Kmart Corp. headquarters before becoming the stay-at-home mother of two children.  

Most recently, Sarah has been a student in the LHOS and has completed her M.Div. She realizes the importance of the proclamation of the Gospel, and the role LHOS can play to foster that proclamation. She is excited to be able to participate in the Lutheran tradition of proclaiming the Gospel and to be able to do so through the mission of LHOS.