CTSFW to Celebrate Close of 171st Academic Year

CTSFW 2016 graduates pose for pictures

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—On Friday, May 19, the students, faculty, staff of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, will gather with friends and family to celebrate the close of the 171st academic year with Baccalaureate and Commencement. Those who cannot join us on campus may watch these events live by clicking here or by watching on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/ctsfw.

“In this year when we mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, it is significant to note that CTSFW has been forming servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all for over 170 years. Our history is richly intertwined with the father of the Reformation, Martin Luther, and those who carried on the mission after him, especially Wilhelm Loehe, Wilhelm Sihler and F. C. D. Wyneken who founded this seminary in 1846,” commented CTSFW President Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr.  “Now, in 2017, we are delighted to celebrate another graduation which will add a new group of dedicated men and women to serve God’s people all across the world.”

All events take place in Kramer Chapel:
Baccalaureate, 10:00 a.m., with the Rev. Larry A. Peters, pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Clarksville, Tennessee, as preacher.
Organ Recital, 3:00 p.m., with CTSFW Dean of the Chapel, the Rev. Dr. Paul Grime, as recitalist.
Commencement, 6:00 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Gottfried Martens, pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Berlin, Germany, as the guest speaker.
(Baccalaureate and Commencement will be broadcast live here or on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/ctsfw.. Please note that all times are Eastern Daylight Time)

In addition to the awarding of academic degrees, several special honors will be bestowed:
Alumnus of the Year:
The Rev. Larry A. Peters (CTSFW 1980), pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Clarksville, Tennessee
Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa:
The Rev. Dr. Gottfried Martens, pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Berlin, Germany
Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa:
Dr. Anthony M. Esolen, professor, The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Merrimack, New Hampshire
Miles Christi (Soldier of Christ) Award:
Mr. John M. Behrendt (posthumously), Fort Wayne, Indiana
Mr. W. Paul Wolf, Fort Wayne, Indiana

“As we celebrate the close of this academic year, we also recognize and give our heartfelt thanks to our alumni and generous donors,” said Rast. “Their support is an integral part of all that is accomplished at CTSFW.”