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LWR’s Nunes takes Valpo teaching position

Valparaiso University recently announced that the Rev. John Nunes will join its faculty as the Jochum Professor and Chair. Since 2007, Nunes has served as president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, a $49 million global organization, leading staff in 17 countries who work to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering worldwide.

The Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair, a professorship established through a gift from Emil Jochum, supports the study of Christian values in public and professional life.

“As an international Lutheran university, Valpo is concerned with both the intellectual and spiritual development of our graduates,” said Mark R. Schwehn, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “Pastor Nunes’ career is a model for those seeking to become leaders who will be informed by their faith and who will tirelessly strive for justice in the world.”

Prior to joining Lutheran World Relief, Nunes served on the faculty of Concordia University Chicago as a professor of theology. He has also served as an urban parish pastor and community organizer in Dallas and Detroit.

Nunes announced his resignation from LWR on May 16. His final day there will be September 1.

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