Dr. Olaf Lidums
Associate Professor of
Urban and Ecological Studies
Born in Tallin, Estonia, Dr. Olaf R. Lidums spent his early childhood in Upsalla, Sweden, and youth and college years in Chicago (immigrated in 1950). After graduation in 1965 from Luther College, Decorah, Olaf entered Wartburg Seminary, in Dubuque, Iowa, after a year of discernment while working as a social worker in a nursing home. Dr. Lidums received his MDiv and was Ordained in June, 1970. Over his 37 years of service, Olaf has served in a variety of congregational ministries, such as town and country, suburb, and three different urban churches in the Detroit area.
He pursued graduate studies in counseling psychology and received his M.S. in Counseling (1977) from U.W.-Whitewater, after which he worked as a Pastoral Counselor for LSS-Wisconsin for 6 years. Half of his 37 years have included other specialized ministries such as directorships in social service, homeless, hospital and addiction treatment ministries. After a long bivalent academic journey between PhD studies in psychology and DMin study at ETS, Olaf focused in on his dissertation work in the practice of trinitarian spirituality and received his DMin from ETS in 2003.
ETH7002 Human Sexuality and Ethics
2019 Summer, Summer 2017, Summer 2018 / Ethics
TPM7003 Church Leadership for the 21st Century
2020 Spring / Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)
Creating and sustaining congregational vision
Developing a spiritually based leadership style using prayer, mediation and the Meyers-Briggs Personality Inventory
Utilizing congregational conflict resolution
Embodying a congregational stewardship lifestyle
UM101 Community Seminar in Urban Ministry
2016 Fall, 2017 Fall, 2018 Fall | Theory & Practice of Ministry (TPM)