A Note from Rev. Dr. Kristin Largen

With gratitude to God, the Board of Directors, and the entire community of Wartburg Theological Seminary, I have joyfully accepted the call to serve as the 15th President of my beloved alma mater, an institution that was so formative in shaping me as a pastor, a theologian, and a Christian.

I am thankful for the strong Interim Presidency of Dr. Kristine Stache, and honored to follow in her stead and the long line of Wartburg’s distinguished former presidents.

I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to work with our dedicated staff, including the outstanding members of the Administrative Cabinet. I look forward to partnering with them as we continue to shape Wartburg as a dynamic, vibrant place where learning leads to mission, and mission informs learning.

I rejoice in the many and varied talents of Wartburg’s superb faculty, the heart of the institution, and look forward to getting to know them better and sharing with them in the work of forming the next generation of servant-leaders for the church and the world.

In the months to come, I will take great delight in getting to know Wartburg’s various constituencies, and hearing from you about your hopes and dreams for this next chapter in our seminary’s long and storied history. My husband John and I will settle into the President’s House in the spring and look forward to occasions to welcome you into our home.

Even in the midst of this challenging year, characterized by the multiple crises of the Covid-19 pandemic, demands for long overdue racial justice, and economic upheaval, I am grateful to God who continues always to do a new thing in and among us, bringing good out of evil, and making a way out of no way. I rejoice that the Holy Spirit continues to embolden us to proclaim the gospel of God’s unconditional, redeeming love, and work for peace and equality in all the spaces and places we find ourselves.  What a privilege to be able to do this work together in Christ’s name!  May God bless us in the months and years to come, that we together may be a blessing to others.