CTS to Begin 167th Academic Year

FORT WAYNE, IN (CTS)—The faculty, staff and student body of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, will begin the seminary’s 167th academic year with opening service in Kramer Chapel at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9. Those unable to be on campus will be able to watch the service live via the internet by going to www.ctsfw.edu and clicking on the Watch Live link.

“What an incredible blessing to mark 167 years in our mission to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all,” commented CTS President, Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. “We look forward to the coming academic year and the opportunity to continue preparing deaconesses and pastors to serve Christ by bringing the life-saving message of the Gospel to a world so in need of that love and salvation.”

Dr. Daniel J. Brege, Second Vice-President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Indiana District, will preside over the installation of new faculty and ordained staff members. Dr. Gifford Grobien (CTS 2005) will be installed as an assistant professor in the Systematics Department and Supervisor of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program. "I am honored to be serving with the world-class faculty at Concordia and I look forward to forming pastors for the current and next generations. I am also very enthusiastic to be supervising the D.Min. program. I am dedicated to building on the excellence of previous supervisors in making this one of the premier programs in the country," said Dr. Grobien.

Rev. Randall Wurschmidt (CTS 2008) will be installed as an admission counselor. He served Faith Lutheran Church, Overgaard, Arizona, from 2008-2012. “I'm delighted to be back on campus. I have many fond memories of studying here and I look forward to sharing my experiences with those who are considering future work in the ministry,” offered Rev. Wurschmidt.

As the seminary community embarks on this new academic year we ask for your prayers of support as we serve together.