The Rev. Dr. Everett Flanigan is Administrative Dean for the Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta, Associate Pastor at Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church and Assistant to the Bishop of Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Dr. Flanigan’s teaching interests include planting new congregations, multicultural ministry and worship, and teaching congregations how to talk across cultures on difficult issues. He is also interested in the intersection of science and faith.
Dr. Flanigan has served as director of Outreach Leadership and director of African American/Black outreach in the Domestic Missions Unit of the ELCA in Chicago. Prior to joining the church wide organization he held a variety of positions in the biopharmaceutical industry including Executive Vice President for operations, Distinguished Scientist and Head of US Technical Operations, Senior Director of Preclinical Research and Development. Dr. Flanigan also directed the drug discovery labs in Germany.
At the national level, Dr. Flanigan chaired the United States Adopted Names Council, and other committees important for the safety and efficacy of drugs in the US. He served as founding president of a sixty member youth symphony orchestra, president of a community action program and advisor on quality and continuous improvement for school districts, president of a county chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a member of the internal review board of a hospital.
Dr. Flanigan completed theological studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, received a PhD in molecular biology at Washington University in St. Louis, and Masters' and Bachelor’s degrees at Howard University and Clark College, respectively. He holds certificates in leadership and research management from Kellogg and Harvard Public Health.
Dr. Flanigan is married to Annette Flanigan, a retired science teacher. They are the parents of four adult children and four grandchildren.