Phil Lepak

Phil Lepak

Assistant Professor - Physics


  • B.S. in Theoretical Physics from Michigan Technological University in 1991
  • Certification in Ancient Languages from Northwestern College in 1992
  • M.Div. from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1999
  • Currently pursuing M.S. Physics at University of Minnesota at Mankato.


Phil joined the Physics Department and Religious Studies Department in the fall of 2011. Phil currently serves as Secretary of the Bethany Lutheran College Faculty Assembly, is a member of the American Physical Society, the Sigma Pi Sigma national physics honor fraternity and is an active clergyman of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod.


In 1992, Phil was second author of “Electronic structure of alkaline-earth selenides.” in Physical Review B. He has published various articles in the Lutheran Sentinel and Lutheran Synod Quarterly.


From 1999 to 2011, Phil served parishes in Florida and Indiana and in the mission field in Illinois. During that time, he wrote several articles published in the Lutheran Sentinel and a paper published in the Lutheran Synod Quarterly. Phil has given presentations at local and regional pastoral conferences and has served as chaplain for the 2011 Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Phil served from 2003 to 2011 on the ELS Committee for Integrating Technology.


Phil is actively researching the relationship between science and theology, the usefulness of semantic domain research in New Testament exegesis. He is also working with Dr. Igor Kogoutiouk of Minnesota State University at Mankato, conducting theoretical research using the Two-Band Periodic Anderson Model.