Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. Reappointed for Third Term as President of CTSFW

January 22, 2021

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 is very pleased that we can reappoint Dr. Rast for a third term as president of Concordia Theological Seminary,” commented Dr. Leo S. Mackay, Jr., vice chairman, CTSFW Board of Regents. “He is uniquely qualified to lead the Seminary through the significant challenges facing all institutions of higher education and seminaries in particular. His commitment to the Lutheran Confessions and expertise as a theological historian will serve our church body well as he helps to guide the plans for the future of seminary formation in the years ahead. Dr. Rast is highly regarded by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and by Christendom the world over.  We are thankful for the continued leadership of Dr. Rast as president of CTSFW.”

Rast has served as president of CTSFW since May 2011. “I have been incredibly blessed this past decade 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 that bring experience, expertise, and commitment to the mission of the Seminary. My greatest joy remains my interaction with the 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 Christ, who is the Gift above all gifts. It is by His grace that this remarkable community was formed, continues to prosper in this, its 175th Anniversary, and will thrive into the future.”

The 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.”