VALPARAISO | Fred Niedner, professor of theology at Valparaiso University, has been named associate director at the Institute of Liturgical Studies at the university.
Niedner will join the Institute's advisory council and assist in the planning the annual conference.
“Dr. Fred Niedner’s extensive theological expertise is joined by deep pastoral sensibilities,” the Rev. Brian Johnson, executive director of Campus Ministries, said in written statement. “He will greatly enhance the Institute’s pan-Lutheran and ecumenical work because of his seasoned association with the conference and his wide recognition within the larger Church."
Niedner succeeds the Rev. James Wetzstein as associate director. Wetzstein continues to serve VU as university pastor and mentor for the Social Action Leadership Team.
Founded in 1959, the Institute is a continuation of the Liturgical Society of St. James and connects church leaders, congregations and other partners in caring for the church's liturgy and song.
The Institute's next gathering will take place April 28-30.