11/25/2015 11:00:00 AM

​     CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Dr. Albert “Pete” Pero Jr., professor emeritus of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) died Nov. 18 in Chicago. He was 79. LSTC is one of eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Pero was the first African American professor at a U.S. Lutheran seminary when he joined the LSTC faculty in 1977.
“I recall Pete’s robust, ebullient, joyful, and sharp-witted witness to the gospel,” said the Rev. James Nieman, LSTC president, in an LSTC press release. “He was a remarkable child of God whose courage and clarity left a strong impression. I feel blessed to have known him, both early in my teaching career and again in my coming to LSTC.”

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