Biblical Faith in Tumultuous Times

Fall Theological Conference
September 18, 2022 – September 20, 2022
Pierre, SD

When the world seems tumultuous, facing new crises and searching for innovative solutions, the Old Testament may seem utterly irrelevant. Yet the texts of the Old Testament were written in times of significant cultural, political, and religious upheaval–times very much like our own. Together we will explore some of those ancient contexts and reflect on how the study of the Old Testament can breathe new life into the church today.

About Dr. Cameron Howard

Cameron B. R. Howard, associate professor of Old Testament, joined the Luther Seminary faculty in July 2012. She previously held visiting appointments at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta and the School of Theology at Sewanee, the University of the South.

Howard received the Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude with honors in religion from Davidson College, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She holds the Master of Theological Studies degree from the Candler School of Theology and the Master of Theology degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2010.

Among her publications are contributions to The New Interpreter’s Bible One-Volume Commentary (Abingdon 2010), the twentieth-anniversary edition of the Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox 2012), Connections: A Lectionary Commentary Resource (Westminster John Knox 2018), Presbyterians Today magazine, and the journal Word & World.  Committed to making academic biblical scholarship accessible and relevant to clergy and laypeople, Howard has written over two dozen essays for and is a contributor to, the Society of Biblical Literature’s web-based initiative for public biblical scholarship. Her book, The Old Testament for a Complex World: How the Bible’s Dynamic Testimony Points to New Life for the Church, was published by Baker Academic in June 2021.

Howard is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Dr. Cameron Howard
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Luther Seminary
Saint Paul, MN

About the Conference

The 2022 Fall Theological Conference will be held in person at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre, SD and virtually via Zoom.


Lodging is available at the AmericInn by Wyndham in Ft. Pierre (312 Island Drive, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532) and there is a block of rooms held under “South Dakota Synod”. The cost for a 2-Queen or 1-King Standard Room is $109.99 plus tax. Room reservations must be made by September 4th. Each registrant is responsible for making lodging arrangements. Call 605-223-2358.

Optional Activities

There are optional activities you can participate in on Monday, September 19 in the afternoon. The Oahu Dam Guided Tour does require advance registration.

  • Oahe Dam Guided Tour at 1:30pm (free) – please sign-up in your registration.
  • Digital Hospitality Zoom Session at 2:30pm with Pr. Jonathan Steiner
  • Children, Youth & Family (CYF) Conversation at 3:30pm with Deacon Tom Martin & Tami Steffensen.
  • Book Club/Discussion with Dr. Cameron Howardyou can purchase Dr. Howard’s book here.
  • Options for other on-your-own activities listed in the Pierre Chamber packet.


Sunday, Sept. 18

6:00 PM Registration – LMC Narthex
6:15 PM Check-In/Caring Conversations – Hilgers Gulch Walk, LMC Patio, or LMC Narthex
7:00 PM Opening Worship – LMC Sanctuary**
  • Recognize Rostered Ministers/SAM’s/Seminarians new to the SD Synod
8:30 PM Casual Gathering at the Missouri Avenue Events Center
  • 217 W Missouri Ave, Pierre, SD 57501
  • Children are welcome!
  • Snacks provided, wine and beer available.

Monday, Sept. 19th:

9:00am Opening Prayer/State of the Synod – Sanctuary**
9:30am Session I: Dr. Cameron Howard – Sanctuary**
10:30am Coffee Break – Fellowship Hall
11:00am Session II: Dr. Cameron Howard – Sanctuary**
12:00pm Q&A Session with Dr. Cameron Howard – Sanctuary**

**indicates Zoom session available for hybrid attendees.

Monday, Sept. 19th (continued):

12:30pm Lunch (boxed lunches from Branding Iron Bistro) – Fellowship Hall

1:00pm Free Time

  • 1:30pm Oahe Dam Guided Tour (free) – please sign-up in your registration. Tour group will meet at the Oahe Dam Visitor’s Center – 20207 SD-1804, Pierre SD 57501.
  • 2:30pm Digital Hospitality Zoom Session with Pr. Jonathan Steiner in the LMC Conference Room
  • 3:30pm Children, Youth & Family (CYF) Conversation with Deacon Tom Martin & Tami Steffensen in the LMC Narthex
  • 3:30pm Book Club/Discussion with Dr. Cameron Howard in the LMC Sanctuary – The Old Testament for a Complex World: How the Bible’s Dynamic Testimony Points to New Life for the Church – you can purchase Dr. Howard’s book here.
  • Options for other on-your-own activities listed in the Pierre Chamber packet

5:30pm Social Hour at Drifters Bar and Grille, 325 Hustan Ave, Fort Pierre, SD 57532

6:30pm Meal at Drifters

Tuesday, Sept. 20th:

9:00am Session III: Dr. Cameron Howard – Sanctuary**
10:00am Sending Worship – Sanctuary**

**indicates Zoom session available for hybrid attendees.

Online Registration

  • In-person and Zoom – $110
  • Interns/Seminarians/Retired – $75

Please select the registration options to the right.

Registration closes Tuesday, September 6th.