CTS Specific Ministry Pastors Complete Studies

FORT WAYNE, IN (CTS)On November 6, 2012, the Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, community celebrated as the first cohort of students completed their studies in the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program. The SMP program is a distance-education program designed to meet the need to train pastors in context for ministry and mission opportunities in the church. The members of the Alpha Cohort are:

  • Rev. Joseph Atwater, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, San Diego, Calif.
  • Rev. Jason Bauer, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Interlochen, Mich.
  • Rev. James Edwards, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, La Crescenta, Calif.
  • Rev. Thurman Frey, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Towson, Md.
  • Rev. Daniel Grissom, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle. Ill.
  • Rev. Thomas Haas, Grace Lutheran Church, Orange, Texas
  • Rev. John Hansen, Peace Lutheran Church, Ludington, Mich.
  • Rev. Jeffrey Howell, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chicago, Ill.
  • Rev. Lance Irey, Christ Lutheran Church, Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • Rev. Robert Jorg, Faith Lutheran Church, Whitehall, Mich.
  • Rev. Jeffrey Mueller, Sherman Park Ev. Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Rev. Robert Pudell, Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Roselle, Ill.
  • Rev. Daniel Rathmun, St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Detroit, Mich.

“We are delighted to honor the first class of SMP students to complete their studies at CTS. Not only have they been serving faithfully in their places of ministry for two years of vicarage and up to two years as pastors, but have also helped us immeasurably in assessing how the program should go forward,” commented Dr. Carl C. Fickenscher II, supervisor of the SMP Program at CTS. And the program has progressed with four more groups of SMP students currently studying at CTS.

This group of trailblazers has also been instrumental in helping Fickenscher form future goals for the program. “In particular, observing the Alpha Cohort has helped me formulate four goals I have for the SMP program:

  • To enable our SMP students to know that in every sense they are CTS students;
  • To engage fully the mentors in the program;
  • To build excitement among our faculty for teaching these students using a combination of residential intensives and online technology;
  • And to achieve real excellence in the teaching/learning experience.”

More information about the SMP program at CTS can be found at ctsfw.edu/SMP or by contacting the CTS Office of Admission at Admission@ctsfw.edu or 800-481-2155.