President’s Message

God is doing a new thing

Together with you, Wartburg Theological Seminary has been able to do the work to which we have been called. And for the generosity of the people listed in this magazine, we are deeply grateful to God.

Maybe you wanted to honor a relative who was a WTS graduate. Perhaps you were profoundly influenced by one of our graduates. Or maybe you have a heart for the mission of the church and the education and formation of its leaders. Or maybe you are a graduate, board leader, or faithful church member… Whatever the reason, we are thankful to God for you. Without your generosity and vision for the future, we could not have finished a successful campaign. And while we are thrilled to celebrate that accomplishment with you this fall, we know that the real impact of your dollars and prayers is made visible in the students you are supporting and the leaders we are able to send into the church.

With you we have been able to educate and form leaders for a church experiencing a clergy shortage of them. Last spring we sent out 44 graduates to serve the church. This fall we welcomed 84 new students into a variety of programs and paths for preparation. With your help, we will keep on finding new ways to make theological education
accessible and affordable to women and men whom the Holy Spirit is calling to serve.
“God is about to do a new thing.” (Isaiah 43:19) This verse from Isaiah is one we have been using in one of our board committees to focus the work we are doing as we look to the future. And as we have walked with you through this past year, we know that God is doing a new thing through you and at Wartburg Theological Seminary. We are excited to continue the work God has called us to do for the sake of the church and its witness to a world in need. We pray you will continue to be part of this ministry with us. We could not do it without you!

Thank you for your support of this ministry! We look forward to celebrating with you what God has done and continues to do! Together, I am confident we will do even more!

In Christ,

 

 

 

Rev Louise N Johnson, WTS `99
PRESIDENT,
WARTBURG THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY