Koester joins a distinguished scholarly team – top historians, religious experts, and legal scholars from across the nation – that is helping shape and review the narrative experience while ensuring full historical accuracy. To date, the scholars have included a Pulitzer-prize winning author, the Librarian of Congress Emeritus, a legal historian whose scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and a member of the federal commission that is planning the 2026 celebration that will mark the nation’s 250th birthday.
Koester has taught at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. She was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and has served as a pastor specializing in spiritual direction. She’s eager to help spotlight the influence of the Bible on individuals in key historical and personal moments.