Wartburg Theological Seminary
Presidential Announcement
The Board of Directors of Wartburg Theological Seminary invites recommendations and applications for the calling of its next president. Wartburg is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

150 years ago when the European churches were in turmoil, Wilhelm Loehe in Neuendettelsau was inspired to gather and send a cadre of pastors, deaconesses, and missionaries as leaders of Christian communities in Germany, North America, and New Guinea. They were “the sent ones” (die Sendlinge), gathering communities and sending the faithful into their callings in the world. No longer “sheep without a shepherd,” Christ was alive, embodied among them in word and sacrament. Wartburg Seminary was founded to sustain this gathering and sending in America.

Our Lord never promised it would be easy. In a retreat at St. Sebald in June, 2010, Wartburg’s Boards faced our financial challenges and renewed the seminary’s vocation to lead in the church. On our website, you can read the faculty’s testimony to 
“Loehe’s Legacy and the Apostolic Calling of Wartburg Theological Seminary for the Church and World of the 21st Century”which also includes the heart and focus of Wartburg’s approach to forming valued leaders, “The 12 Pastoral Practices”.In this time of challenge in the church and change in theological education, Wartburg is moving forward. We are collaborating with our sister seminaries, renewing our strengths in rural, youth, and global ministries, and fostering ways to form valued leaders in worship-centered communities where learning leads to mission and mission informs learning. Now more than ever, our church needs Wartburg Seminary to do its work and to do it well. Wartburg’s next president will have experienced at least three years of pastoral ministry, with informed imagination for graduate theological education in a new century.

Leadership needed from the President of Wartburg Seminary

  • To inspire Wartburg Seminary to advance its distinctive educational vocation to form leaders for the church in worship-centered communities of theological reflection in new and varied contexts where learning will continue to leads to mission and mission will continue to inform learning.
  • To invite Wartburg's constituencies to invest their funds, gather and send their sons and daughters, and sustain the seminary's mission with their prayers that the church and world may be blessed.
  • To advance Wartburg's heritage of using its strengths to serve the congregations, synods, institutions, and agencies of the ELCA, its ecumenical partners, and global communions.
  • To strengthen Wartburg Seminary's administrative disciplines in stewardship of human and financial assets, actively collaborating with others and tracking Wartburg's efforts, programs, and departments to accomplish the work effectively and to build financial sustainability.
  • To demonstrate the competence, character, courage, and commitment needed to serve Wartburg's apostolic vocation in the church.

Interested Applicants:
In addition to your biographical resume we would like to request your responses to three questions we are posing for all applicants.  You could write at length on any of these topics, but one of the challenges presidents face is the need for clarity with brevity.  So, what would you like to say to us in 100-300 words in response to each of the following question?

  • What are the defining realities in the church for which seminaries need to prepare their graduates?
  • What distinctive strengths do you believe Wartburg has to offer?
  • What gifts, abilities, and experience commend your candidacy?

Prior to having an interview, we will need you to identify 2-3 references that we can contact.  Please consider who theses references might be, if and when we contact you for an interview.  We will not contact your references without conferring with you first.

Send biographical resumes and responses to questions by email to:  presidentsearch@wartburgseminary.edu or in writing to:
Wartburg Theological Seminary
Presidential Search Committee
333 Wartburg Place
Dubuque IA 52003

Use our  online Nomination Form or download the printable form and mail to:
Wartburg Theological Seminary
Presidential Search Committee
333 Wartburg Place
Dubuque IA 52003

Wartburg Theological Seminary follows Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and affirmative action procedures.


Wartburg Theological Seminary Employment Opportunities

Gift Consultant
The Gift Consultant will work as a member of the Mission Support team to advance the mission of Wartburg Theological Seminary through the cultivation of constituent relationships and the solicitation of generous gifts from current and prospective donors while also working to build Wartburg Seminary’s base of donors through new donor acquisition strategies. For more detailed information on this position, please 
click here. If interested in applying, please follow instructions below.

Admissions Specialist
The Admissions Specialist serves full-time and is actively engaged in student recruitment through admissions travel and nurturing prospective student relationships. The Admissions Specialist works closely with the Director for Admissions and other Department for Vocation staff to support the mission of Wartburg Theological Seminary.  For more detailed information on this position, please  click here. If interested in applying, please follow instructions below. 

Wartburg Seminary looks forward to receiving your letters of interest and resumes. Electronic submissions are requested. Please send cover letter, resume and three references to
hr@wartburgseminary.edu or Ms. Eileen LeMay, Director of Human Resources, Wartburg Theological Seminary, 333 Wartburg Pl, Dubuque, IA 52003.

Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report
The Wartburg Theological Seminary Campus Safety and Security Report & Fire Safety Report is published in September annually and distributed to all current students and employees as well as to prospective students and employees. This is the compliance document to the Federal Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 also known as the Clery Act, with Higher Education Amendments. Please click here to view this information, or contact the Dean for Vocation to request a paper copy.*

Consumer Information
The United States Department of Education requires participants in Title IV Federal Funding Programs to disclose the following consumer information on our website and annually to enrolled and prospective students and our campus community. Please click here to view this information.

*If you desire a paper copy, please write to Rev. Amy Current, Dean for Vocation, Wartburg Theological Seminary, 333 Wartburg Pl, Dubuque, IA 52003 or email her at acurrent@wartburgseminary.edu.

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