Scenic Seminary Campus Now Home to Beckett’s Run Trail

FORT WAYNE, IN, October 5, 2021—Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW) welcomed Mayor Tom Henry, Fort Wayne business owners and residents, and the local press to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a 1.8-mile stretch of trail on the Seminary’s scenic campus. CTSFW is now home to a brand new section of Beckett’s Run Trail.
This project was made possible by a partnership between the Seminary, Fort Wayne Public Works, Fort Wayne Trails, Jacobs Creek Community Association, Fort Wayne City Utilities, and American Electric Power. CTSFW donated easements for the trail and for the trailhead parking lot.

This section of trail—including a bridge over Beckett’s Run Creek, five park benches, a railing, and an additional 140 trees and 16 shrubs to be planted this fall—connects the Seminary and its surrounding neighborhoods to the 26-mile Rivergreenway. This makes CTSFW part of the 125.8 miles of 95 trails in the Fort Wayne Area Trails Network. The Beckett’s Run Trail will eventually be 5.23 miles long and part of a 17-mile loop, with the remaining three phases of the initiative projected for completion within the next ten years.  

The Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr., president of CTSFW, expressed the Seminary’s joy and gratitude for being a part of this collaboration. “It’s been a real pleasure being a part of this community, and having this trail connected to the  rest of Fort Wayne just underscores the partnership that exists between the City of Fort Wayne and Concordia Theological Seminary.” President Rast thanked Mayor Henry and all of the people who spearheaded the efforts and contributed to this project. He also highlighted the beautiful features of the campus that trail guests can enjoy, including architectural landmarks designed by Architect Eero Saarinen (most famous for his work on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis).

Several community leaders were on hand to celebrate this achievement. Mayor Henry noted the “integral role” trails play in our community. “It’s a top-quality of life amenity that we offer to help keep residents and businesses and gain new individuals, families, and employers.” Greenways & Trails Manager Dawn Ritchie conveyed appreciation for the team effort on the trail and remarked on its “beautiful scenery.” “It’s truly a linear park that we’re anticipating will be one of the most loved trails in Fort Wayne.”   

President Rast concluded with a wholehearted invitation to the local community and beyond, “come, use the trail.” Campus guests always bring great joy, and it is the Seminary’s prayer that all of its community feel welcome, from Fort Wayne to every corner of the globe its ministry touches.

The Seminary would like to thank everyone who supported this project, for the benefit of our city and our students. The CTSFW campus continues to be a beautiful place to learn, enjoy fellowship, and raise a family. It’s initiatives like these, among many others, that enhance our community’s ability exercise the mind, body, and spirit. It is only by the grace of God and the generosity of our supporters that this Seminary is sustained and able to grow and find new ways to serve our students, their families, our community, and the Church.

Soli Deo Gloria