Lance Green

Lecturer in Theology and Adventure

Lance’s Story

Lance Green riding bike in the mountainsLance Green interprets the whole of his education as an attempt to further understand those themes he first encountered as an undergraduate at Trinity Lutheran College: the relationship between theology and philosophy, and the way Christianity understands how God relates to the created world. These themes are constant through his academic career, acting as a fixed point for all of his other theological interests.

While completing his Master’s degree at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Lance Green became increasingly focused on bringing the phenomenology of Martin Heidegger into conversation with theology, particularly on themes of deconstruction, metaphysics, and experiencing God. Realizing he needed a more robust theological foundation, Lance immersed himself in the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Erich Przywara.

Today, both Balthasar and Przywara act as Lance’s theological mooring and are essential to his doctoral work at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). Grounded in the thought of Heidegger, Balthasar, and J.R.R. Tolkien, his dissertation seeks to develop a metaphysic of myth as an extension of theological aesthetics. More generally, Lance’s research interests included Trinitarian theology, Christian mysticism, and the analogy of being.

Married to Dr. Rachel Toombs (Professor of Theology & Old Testament), Lance spent a number of years working in the bicycle industry while Rachel completed her Ph.D. at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. This developed his intense love for mountain biking. Most importantly concerning Lance’s and Rachel’s time in Texas, however, are their pit bull rescues, Eowyn and Rosie.

Originally hailing from the pacific northwest, Lance has a special fondness for the wilderness and the mountains, and is an avid outdoorsman and cyclist—road, gravel, and mountain. He is constantly looking for new trails to ride, gravel roads to explore, and mountains to climb, none of which are in short supply in Bozeman. Despite his appreciation of the quality coffee, culture, and restaurants provided by urban settings, Lance is far more comfortable in the rural and wild places.

Lance is especially enthusiastic about expanding the rigor of the classroom to the trails, rivers, and lakes surrounding Bozeman. The unique mission of YTI and the landscape of Bozeman allow him to integrate all of his loves; he is excited to help students think through how the ordinary and exhilarating encounters of the wild come to bear on theological questions about God’s relationship to creation, the possibility of experiencing God, and the implications it has on our interpretation of the natural world.


Ph.D. (in process), Divinity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Supervisor: Judith Wolfe, Ph.D.

M.A., Theology, Luther Seminary (magna cum laude)
Thesis: “A Balthasarian Way Forward: Beyond Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Subordination of the Feminine”
Supervisor: Lois Malcolm, Ph.D.

B.A., Theology and Philosophy, Trinity Lutheran College (cum laude)

Research Interests

Systematic theology, Trinitarian theology, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Erich Przywara, Martin Heidegger, ressourcement theology, Christian mysticism, metaphysics and gender.

Professional Appointments

Lecturer in Theology and Adventure, Yellowstone Theological Institute, 2017 – present


“How Does Christian Mysticism Redefine Our Sexuality?” vignette in Sexy: The Quest for Erotic Virtue in Perplexing Times, by Dr. Jeff Mallinson. Irvine: NRP Books, forthcoming.

Papers Presented

“Poetry and the Redemption of Language: The Philosophy of Solmaz Sharif’s “Look,” Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion — Saint Paul, MN, April 1, 2017.

Paper: “A Coakleyian Reading of Hans Urs von Balthasar: Reading Balthasar Against Himself,” Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion — Saint Paul, MN, April 2, 2016.

Panel Participant: “Literary and Religious Studies Scholars Read Together – Faulkner’s ‘That Evening Sun,’ A Socratic Seminar,” Southwest Commission on Religious Studies — Dallas, TX, March 12, 2016.

Paper: “Removing the Brackets: Trinitarian Theology’s Resuscitation of Pneumatology,” Pacific Northwest American Academy of Religion— Portland, OR, March 28, 2015.

Paper: “Cross-Appropriation: Martin Luther’s Influence on Martin Heidegger,” Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion — Saint Paul, MN, April 5, 2013.

Paper: “The Preaching of Justification and Illocutionary Acts,” Pacific Northwest American Academy of Religion — Spokane, WA, May 15, 2011.


Admissions Scholarship, University of St. Andrews, 2017-Current

Trustee Scholarship, Luther Seminary, 2012-2016

Dean’s Scholarship, Trinity Lutheran College, 2009-2011

Dean’s List, Trinity Lutheran College, six semesters, 2009-2011


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