Kurt Struckmeyer

Writer and theologian in Farmington Hills, Michigan

Kurt Struckmeyer

Writer and theologian in Farmington Hills, Michigan

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Kurt Struckmeyer is an artist, writer, theologian, and the founder of the Mustard Seed School of Theology.

He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri in the aftermath of war. His youth was shaped by the decades of the conformist fifties and the contentious sixties. At the age of twelve, he discovered a radical and passionate Jesus in the gospels and responded to his call to “follow me.” Four years later, Kurt read "The Cost of Discipleship" by the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The two martyrs—Jesus and Bonhoeffer—had launched the trajectory of his life.

After graduating from the Washington University School of Fine Art in 1969, Kurt pursued a varied career at the General Motors Design Center in Warren, Michigan. For over 35 years, he worked as a sculptor, digital technician, process and technology planner, business strategist, historian, writer and visual communicator, serving under every vice president of the Design Center except its founder Harley Earl. Kurt retired from General Motors in 2005 and now lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan. In 2008, he was asked to write a history of automotive design at General Motors titled "Driving Style: GM Design’s First Century." Today, he spends much of his time in study and writing.

Throughout his adult life, Kurt’s true avocation and calling has been theology, biblical studies, and historical Jesus research, focused on the vision of peace and social justice that Jesus called the “kingdom of God.” Over the years, Kurt has written a number of classroom studies about the mission and message of Jesus, nonviolence, and community building. In 2004, under the umbrella of the Mustard Seed School of Theology, he launched the website “Following Jesus :: a life of faith in a postmodern world”

https://followingjesus.org

Wipf & Stock Publishers is publishing three of Kurt's book proposals. "A Conspiracy of Love: Following Jesus in a Postmodern World" presents the contours of a postmodern faith based on the way of Jesus in contemporary society. It was released in February 2016. "An Unorthodox Faith: a New Reformation for a Postmodern World" calls for a postmodern reformation of fourth-century doctrines with a simple theology and ethic of God as love. It was released in February 2017. And "People of the Way: Passion and Resistance in a Postmodern World" will outline a future for the church through small activist communities that are dedicated to selfless service, peace, and social justice. It is targeted for late 2019.