CTS Announces New Appointments
for Faculty and Staff

FORT WAYNE, IN (CTS)—With an eye to the future and prayerful consideration the Board of Regents of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, is pleased to announce several new appointments. “The Lord blesses mightily,” said President Lawrence Rast, “and we see that particularly in the leadership that He provides for the church. These men are gifts from God for this seminary and for the Synod it serves.”

Dr. James G. Bushur,
Director of Deaconess Studies

Dr. Bushur joined the faculty in the fall of 2006 as Assistant Professor of Historical Theology. He served as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Decatur, Indiana (1999-2006) and Trinity Lutheran Church, Goodland, Indiana (1994-1999).

He received his B.A. in Biblical Literature from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana (1989), M.Div. (1993) and S.T.M. (Thesis: The Flesh of Christ and the Economy of Salvation in the Teaching of St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, 1998) from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Durham, U.K.

Dr. Charles A. Gieschen,
Academic Dean

Dr. Gieschen joined the faculty in 1996 and now serves as Professor of Exegetical Theology and Academic Dean. He also serves as the Associate Editor of the Concordia Theological Quarterly and the Archaeological Dig Coordinator for seminary expeditions.

Following his graduation from CTS (1984), he studied New Testament and Early Judaism at Princeton Theological Seminary where he received his Th.M. (1985). He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan (1995).

Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.,
Chairman, Exegetical Theology Department

Dr. Just has been on the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, since 1984. He is presently Professor and Chairman of Exegetical Theology, and Co-Director of the Good Shepherd Institute of Pastoral Theology and Sacred Music. He teaches New Testament, liturgics, homiletics, catechetics, and pastoral theology.

Dr. Just studied at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut (1982) and at Yale Divinity School (1983-1984), receiving his S.T.M. from Yale in New Testament and Liturgics in 1984. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England in 1990 in the New Testament.

Prof. Jeffrey H. Pulse,
Director of Vicarage

Prof. Pulse joined the CTS faculty in 2007 and serves as Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology, Director of Continuing Education and Director of Vicarage. Following graduation from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, with a B.S. in Elementary Education (1980), he attended Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, completing his M.Div. in 1984. His 22 years in the parish were served in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Burt, Iowa and Peace Lutheran, Bremerton, Washington. He completed his S.T.M. from CTS while in the parish in 1990.

Professor Pulse is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Durham, England, in the area of Old Testament, specifically, “Concepts of the Afterlife in the Old Testament and Second Temple Judaism.”

Rev. Thomas P. Zimmerman,
Dean of Students

Rev. Thomas P. Zimmerman has served the seminary since 2001 in Admission, Advancement, and now, as Dean of Students. He studied at Concordia Lutheran Junior College, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and completed his undergraduate work at Concordia Teacher’s College, Seward, Nebraska. He completed a Masters in Educational Administration at Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois before continuing his studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Downers Grove, Illinois on July 22, 1984. He has served as pastor of congregations in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

Please join the Concordia Theological Seminary community in praying God’s richest blessing on these men as they work to fulfill the seminary’s mission to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all.