Dr. Just Named Director of
Spanish-Speaking Pastoral Formation
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—The mission of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, Ind., to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all, is accomplished by CTS faculty and graduates who serve locally and throughout the world. The most recent evidence of that is the appointment of Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr., CTS professor of Exegetical Theology, as director of Spanish-Speaking Pastoral Formation at the seminary.
Just is uniquely qualified for the post as he spent many of his formative years in Mexico and Spain. “In 1966 my father moved our family to Mexico City and we lived there from 1966-1974. I was confirmed at La Iglesia Luterana del Buen Pastor in Mexico City in 1967. Our eight years in Mexico City at Buen Pastor were some of the richest years we had in the church,” says Just. In the late 1970s the family moved to Spain where it was illegal to worship as a Protestant. “We worshipped once a month with Anglicans from England in a cemetery chapel, hiding out from the Guardia Civil.” His experiences in both countries made a lasting impression and had a profound effect on how he would serve the Church in the future.
When Just joined the CTS faculty in 1984 he taught homiletics and pastoral theology in Spanish and his passion for Spanish ministry has never waned. “During my time in Spain in 2012, I developed a curriculum for the Lutheran Church in Spain as well as a strategic plan. Having served on the curriculum committee for the new M.Div. curriculum, SMP curriculum and authoring deaconess curricula at CTS, it seemed like the right time to develop a curriculum for Spanish-speaking pastoral formation internationally as well as in the U.S., returning to one of the reasons that I was originally called to the seminary,” explains Just.
As part of this renewed focus on Spanish-speaking pastoral formation, the seminary will be partnering with the Rev. Ted Krey (CTS 2001), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, in assisting some partner churches in developing curricula to train pastors and deaconesses in their churches.
“There is much outreach to be done among a growing Spanish-speaking population both nationally and internationally,” says Dr. Charles A. Gieschen, CTS academic dean. “CTS is truly blessed to have Dr. Just’s experienced leadership to guide our efforts in this new area.”