MLC Visiting Scholar Program

The Visiting Scholar Program's purpose is to bring visiting scholars to MLC who have knowledge of the world and the direction the political environment is headed, along with their personal unique gifts and perspectives, as well as a spiritual emphasis.  

Overall, We are seeking to learn more about how Christian communities and individuals live cope and react to the challenges that all face as well as to understand our own situation and find ways to respond

Objectives of the Visiting Scholar program are as follows: 

  • To understand the world view and how the future might be impacted by current political circumstances and spiritual unrest.
  • To learn about the importance of transmission of the Christian faith to future generations.
  • To explore how we might influence the future direction of our government.
  • To explore what we might do on an individual level to ensure the continuation of Christian ways of life.

There is no Visiting Scholar program scheduled for Spring of 2024 - watch for updates for Fall of 2024 or Spring of 2025!


Lee Strobel
January 21 & 22, 2022 

theist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of more than forty books and curricula that have sold fourteen million copies in total. He currently serves as Founding Director of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University.

In 2017, Lee’s spiritual journey was depicted in an award-winning motion picture, The Case for Christ, which showed in theaters around the world. The movie was on Netflix for three years. Lee won national awards for his books The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace. His latest books are The Case for Miracles and The Case for Heaven.

Dr. Dale Meyer
president emeritus and professor emeritus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis was our guest lecturer in November 2021. Dr. Meyer has been speaking and preaching for more than 40 years. His areas of interest and study include 1 Peter, the church in a changing culture and the Sabbath applied to life today.

 Dr. Scott Sullivan 

Spring 2021
Author, Teacher, Apologetics  Scholar, Dr. Sullivan lectured on: 
The importance of God when it comes to morality and a Christian critique of communism. 

David Zahl, Author of “SeculosityHow Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What To Do About It.”

In the fall of 2020, David brought to us the all-too-real topic of how our everyday activities in life often provide more meaning than they should, and yes, even take the place of God in our lives.

“A Reformation Visit” with our special guests Pastor Schuschke, who portrayed Martin Luther. 

And a discussion with Andreas Sturm, a German Theologian who came from Neulussheim, Germany to speak to us about Martin Luther and the Reformation.

Spring 2020

Inaugural VS

Dr. Mitri Raheb, the most widely published Palestinian theologian to date. Dr. Raheb is a Lutheran Palestinian Pastor who serves Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. 

Dr. Raheb presentation: “Assuring that Christianity Survives and Thrives in the Holy Land”