CTSFW Faculty Members Receive Advancement and Tenure
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—In a recent meeting, the Board of Regents of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana, advanced two faculty members in rank and granted tenure to one. “CTSFW is very blessed to have these three men on its faculty. They each bring a wonderful blend of academic and theological education and experience to the task of preparing pastors and deaconesses who faithfully testify to Christ,” commented CTSFW Academic Dean Dr. Charles A. Gieschen. “I am very thankful that their exemplary service has been recognized by these actions of our Board of Regents.”
The Rev. Dr. James G. Bushur was advanced in academic rank from assistant professor to associate professor. Bushur joined the faculty in the fall of 2006, specializing in patristics. He also serves as director of Deaconess Formation at CTSFW.
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 CTSFW. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Durham, UK.
He served as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Decatur, Indiana (1999-2006), and Trinity Lutheran Church, Goodland, Indiana (1994-1999).
The Rev. Dr. John G. Nordling was advanced in academic rank from associate professor to professor. Nordling joined the faculty in 2006 and serves as professor of Exegetical Theology. He is a graduate of Concordia University, Portland (A.A., 1977), Valparaiso University (B.A., 1980), and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div., 1985). Nordling has completed two academic degrees in Classics: the first, at Washington University in St. Louis (M.A., 1985), and the second at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. 1991).
He has written Philemon (Concordia Publishing House [CPH], 2004) for the Concordia Commentary Series and Religion and Resistance in Early Judaism: Greek Readings in 1 Maccabees and Josephus (CPH, 2010) for the Concordia Peer Reviewed Series.
He is founder and director of Lutheranism & the Classics, a biennial conference that is hosted on the CTSFW campus.
The Rev. Prof. Jeffrey H. Pulse was granted tenure on the faculty. Pulse joined the faculty in 2007. He serves as associate professor of Exegetical Theology, director of Certification and Placement and director of Continuing Education. Following graduation from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, with a B.S. in Elementary Education (1980), he attended CTSFW, completing his M.Div. in 1984. He completed his S.T.M. from CTSFW 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.”
His 22 years in the parish were served in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Burt, Iowa, and Peace Lutheran Church, Bremerton, Washington.