Dr. Lawrence Rast Jr. Reappointed as President of CTSFW

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW) — The Board of Regents of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana, is delighted to announce the unanimous reappointment of the Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. as president. “The Board of Regents looks forward with eager and confident expectation to the next five years of Dr. Rast’s service,” commented the Rev. Dr. Ronald M. Garwood, chairman, CTSFW Board of Regents. “He has excellent qualifications to serve as a seminary president in that he is a great theologian, an exceptional church historian and has outstanding leadership skills. He is also highly regarded by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and by Christendom the world over. We believe strongly that he is the right man at the right time to be president of CTSFW.”

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the LCMS, also offered his words of congratulations, saying, “The LCMS has been richly blessed. Dr. Rast’s gifts are extraordinary, and the Synod is most grateful.”

Rast has served as president of CTSFW since May 2011. “One of the greatest blessings of serving in this office has been to work alongside the faithful and gifted people of the CTSFW community. We have a world-class faculty, an incredibly skilled staff and a Board of Regents who bring experience, expertise and commitment to the mission of the Seminary. My greatest joy remains the relationships I enjoy with our students who will serve as pastors, deaconesses and lay leaders in the LCMS and in our partner churches throughout the world,” shared Rast. “Ultimately, I am most thankful to our gracious Lord, Jesus Christ, who is the Gift above all gifts. It is by His grace that this remarkable community was formed, continues to prosper and will thrive into the future.”

The entire CTSFW community rejoices at this news and joins with Rast in requesting the continued encouragement of our friends as we move forward in service, “There are and will be challenges, so I ask for your continued prayerful support of this Seminary. By God’s grace, together with the larger Synod and our international colleagues, we will, with excellence, fulfill our mission to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all.”