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Paul Koelpin

Paul Koelpin

Professor of History, Theology


Office Phone: (507) 354-8221 ext 317

Education:

  1. MA Minnesota State University, Mankato MN
  2. MDiv Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon WI
  3. BA Northwestern College, Watertown WI

Biography:

Prof. Paul Koelpin teaches general education courses in the area of Western Civilization, and electives in the Ancient Near East and the High Middle Ages.  He also teaches a couple of seminar courses in historiography and the issues that distinguished 20th century history.  As part of the Theology Division offerings, Prof. Koelpin also teaches the Biblical History & Literature II course.

A native of New Ulm, MN, Prof. Koelpin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from Northwestern College.  He completed a divinity degree at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1990.  His Seminary studies were augmented by two opportunities for practical training – as an instructor at Northland Lutheran High School (then in Merrill, WI), and a vicarship at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Marietta, GA.

His first assignment after Seminary was as a tutor at Northwestern College, where he served as an instructor in history.  In 1992, he was assigned to start an exploratory mission congregation in Columbia, Maryland.  He returned to Northwestern during the 1994 school year to teach history and religion courses.  Because of his teaching duties in the field of history, he pursued and received an M.A. in history from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  The focus of his thesis project related to German Lutheran immigration and the insights that can be gained from the way subsequent generations maintained the history of their forebears.

Prof. Koelpin also serves as the head coach of the men’s soccer team at MLC.  He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children – two girls (Kristi and Abigail) and two boys (Joshua and Joel).