Deaconess Cynthia E. Lumley Ph.D.
Associate Director, Deaconess Studies
Cyndy Lumley was born and raised in Western Canada, growing up in northern British
Columbia and Alberta. She began her university education in Calgary, Alberta, but then
moved to England where she spent the next 35 years. She holds dual Canadian and
She graduated from the University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K. in 1978 with a B.A.
(Hons) in Medical Biochemistry and received her Ph.D. from the University of London,
U.K. in 1983 for her work on The Effect of Metabolism upon Radiosensitizing and
Chemopotentiating Properties of Nitro-heterocyclic Compounds in vitro.
During her 25 year career with the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Lumley published
extensively in the scientific literature, edited numerous books, was frequently invited to
present at national and international meetings, and lectured on MSc courses in Clinical
Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Medicine and Toxicology. She served on the Board of
Directors for several companies, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England
(ELCE), where she was Secretary from 2005-2008.
Dr. Lumley began her theological training in January 2007 at the theological college
for the ELCE, Westfield House, which is attached to Fitzwilliam College, University of
Cambridge, U.K. She then spent a year in Fort Wayne, as an exchange student in the
M.A. (Deaconess) program at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS). She completed
her Deaconess Studies in 2010.