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Wartburg Theological Seminary serves Christ's church through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by being a worship-centered community of critical theological reflection where learning leads to mission and mission informs learning.
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2014 Commencement

Wartburg Theological Seminary honored forty-six degree and certificate candidates at commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18th, at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Dubuque.


President Stanley N. Olson said of the students being honored, "We on the faculty and staff have the privilege of watching God renew the church by calling women and men into servant leadership, forming them, and sending them into the church for the world. This year's graduating group is an exceptional gift. We'll miss them on campus- and we rejoice that they are ready for new ministries."


Click here to learn more about this year's WTS commencement.


Watch the video below to see some of this year's commencement highlights:

Commencement 2014
WTS Announces New Faculty Appointment
Wartburg Seminary is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Martin Lohrmann has been named Assistant Professor of Lutheran Confessions and Heritage. He will join the Wartburg faculty this fall, after having served as pastor of Christ Ascension Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 2009. This was his third pastorate. Lohrmann has also served as adjunct professor or guest lecturer at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Reformed Episcopal Seminary, LaSalle University, Gwynedd-Mercy College, and Wartburg Theological Seminary. Lohrmann is a graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2004), where his studies included matriculation at Augustana Theologische Hochschule in Neuendettelsau, Germany (2001-2002). He holds a B.A. degree in history and humanities (1999) from Valparaiso University, and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (2010). Click here to learn more about this appointment.
WTS Welcomes Volunteers for Housing Rehab Project
A building project known as "Mission Possible - WTS" began this May at Wartburg Seminary. Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, IA and the Northeastern Iowa Synod have teamed up for this project to contribute funds and labor for updates to ten single family housing units located on the Wartburg campus to improve their energy efficiency. An outreach group of Nazareth Lutheran, called the "Naz Builders," will be coordinating the work of volunteers from congregations in the Northeastern Iowa Synod throughout the summer.

Hank Wellnitz, one of the lead members of the Naz Builders team, says, "What excites me most about this project is seeing how God uses people from different backgrounds to accomplish His purposes. Everyone that comes on these trips (to Wartburg Seminary) feels so blessed to be able to be a blessing to someone else. I see people working together to accomplish something that's bigger than themselves. I think the project is a living example of what the church can and should be- people working together trying to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world." Click here to read more about this story.


Exploring Seminary

Exploring Seminary

June 2 - July 11, 2014


Exploring Seminary is a six week online course for all those interested in learning more about seminary study and discerning a call to public ministry.

The course includes weekly readings and discussion of topics with the professor, Dr. Kristine Stache. Participants will interact with one another and the instructor to reflect on the fundamentals of theological education. Cost to participants involves only a technology fee of $50. Click here to learn more or to register.


WTS Board of Directors and Foundation Trustees Meet in Joint Session
The Wartburg Theological Seminary Board of Directors and Foundation Trustees meet jointly each fall and spring on the Wartburg Seminary campus. This spring they met on April 28-30. Here are some highlights of the work done this spring by these volunteers who do so much to guide and support the mission of Wartburg Seminary:
  • Authorized the President to appoint the Rev. Dr. Martin Lohrmann to a tenure-eligible position as Assistant Professor of Lutheran Confessions and Heritage
  • Received financial, mission support, academic, and enrollment reports that indicate WTS is strong and operating in a way that is economically and educationally sustainable and forward looking - engaging God's future
  • Joined the community for the installation to tenure of the Rev. Dr. Samuel D. Giere, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation


Click here to view more of the highlights from the Board of Directors and Foundation Trustees joint session.
Campus Clean Up and Texas BBQ Fiesta


On May 9th, Wartburg Seminary's students, faculty, and staff partook of a day of work, food, and fellowship as part of the annual Campus Clean Up Day and Texas BBQ Fiesta. This long running tradition brought the campus community together for an afternoon of spring cleaning and campus beautification in preparation for commencement weekend. After the ceremonial raising of the Texas flag, the campus got to work spreading mulch, planting flowers, and doing general yard work. Later in the afternoon the campus youth organized a parade, which took them from Blair House to the Castle. As is the tradition, festivities were capped off in the evening with games, entertainment, and a Texas-themed meal for supper. The annual celebration gives the WTS community the opportunity to recognize the seminary's significant ties to the Texas synods, including its role in the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest.


As we move toward ending our fiscal year it is our hope that you will again renew your support for Wartburg Seminary. We treasure each gift and rely on all of our alumni and friends to keep our mission strong. Please click here today and make a gift so that we might continue to send valued leaders into God's world.

Class of 2011 - Three Year Reunion
Twenty-five members of the WTS Class of 2011 returned to campus for their Three Year Reunion, April 23-25. Many brought spouses and children with them. The Class gathered together on the WTS campus to share stories, reflect on their first three years of ministry, and participate in continuing education opportunities.
Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive
May 25-30, 2014
The Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) will offer a Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive on its campus in Austin, Texas on May 25-30, 2014. The Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive is a resource for Lutherans and those of other denominations who recognize the growing need for competency in the Spanish language and an understanding of Hispanic culture in light of the increasing Hispanic population in this country and in the church. The course focuses on study of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Click here for more information.
Also this summer, LSPS will offer an Hispanic Ministry Summer Term, designed for ELCA seminary students to develop leadership skills in Hispanic Ministry and build a network of colleagues who share this commitment. The Summer Term will run from May 25 - July 2, 2014. WTS will grant 6 Master of Divinity credits to students successfully completing the course, which are transferable to the student's seminary. For more information click here.


Wartburg Youth Leadership School (WYLS)
June 15-21, 2014
Wartburg Youth Leadership School (WYLS) continues for its 15th year this upcoming summer! High school students from across the country will gather on Wartburg's campus to worship, study, lead, and partake in adventure. Led and guided by Wartburg's students and faculty, this event will help high school students look at their gifts for leadership and explore who God has created them to be. Click here to learn more.
Luther Academy of the Rockies
June 23-July 3, 2014
We invite you to join us in the beautiful Colorado mountains for Luther Academy of the Rockies, Wartburg Theological Seminary's premier LifeLong Learning educational program for rostered leaders and their families. The daily rhythm of worship, mornings filled with insightful scholarly lectures and forums, afternoon free time to explore the incredible scenery, and evening fellowship opportunities will structure our time together. Meeker Park Lodge, where the Academy is held, is an old time, rustic, mountain lodge surrounded by housekeeping cabins; its natural setting lends itself well to outdoor recreation and relaxation, as well as spiritual and intellectual renewal. Learn More.  
Come to the Castle - Save the Dates!
Wartburg Seminary, together with the Tri-State Forum, will sponsor a new continuing education program this fall for clergy and congregational leaders. Known as "Come to the Castle," the program will include adult Bible study sessions for lay people that will be led by final-year Wartburg students. Clergy will be invited to accompany their congregation members and will have sessions specifically for them that include lectionary study of texts for upcoming seasons led by members of the Wartburg faculty.

The dates for the fall sessions are below:

  • September 26, 2014
  • October 24, 2014
  • November 21, 2014
 More information and registration coming soon!
Save the Date! Re-formation and Renewal
October 19-21, 2014
All alumni are encouraged to come back to Wartburg Seminary and be a part of Re-formation and Renewal this October. The following class years will celebrate class reunions at this year's Re-formation and Renewal:  2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989 (25 Year Reunion), 1984, 1979, 1974 (40 Year Reunion), 1969, 1964 (50 Year Reunion), 1959, 1954, 1949.
Luther, Pietism, and Bonhoeffer: Germany Study Tour  
January 4-25, 2015
You are invited to participate January 4-25, 2015 in a study tour to Germany, focused on sites related to the legacy of Martin Luther, German Pietism, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this immersion will trace these three key threads of the Reformation heritage in relationship to their significance to present day realities in church and society. This tour to Germany will be led by Dr. Craig L. Nessan, Academic Dean and Professor of Contextual Theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary. Click here for more details.