Department for Vocation Staff


CurrentA.webRev. Amy Current, Vice President for Admissions and Student Services

I am delighted to serve as the Vice President for Admissions and Student Services at Wartburg Theological Seminary. My various vocations include pastor (WTS alum 1997), spouse, mother of two, and daily work in the Department for Vocation serving students, welcoming those discerning a call to ministry, and walking with students through the process of Candidacy in the ELCA. Please let me know how I can help you.


OrearM.web_Matthew O’Rear, Associate Dean for Vocation

Matthew O’Rear serves Wartburg Theological Seminary as Associate Dean for Vocation. He works and journeys with people as they discern God’s call in their lives and introduces them to graduate theological education. He has a passion for helping people discover how they can serve as “public theologians” to the world in need.
Matthew grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and studied philosophy and religious studies at Georgia State University, Atlanta, with additional work at the University of Georgia, Athens.  He completed his graduate program at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, with additional work at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.Most recently, Matthew served as Director of Admission at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He also enjoys a good craft beer, cooking with friends, and cheering for the Georgia Tech football teem.


Barb SimonBarb Simon, Director for Financial Aid and Student Services

I serve as the Director of Financial Aid and Student Services. I look forward to working with students and assisting them in thoughtful financing of their theological education. I’ve spent the last 5+ years as Executive Assistant to the President and Board Secretary at Loras College, here in Dubuque, the college from which I graduated. Prior to my time at Loras, I spent fourteen years here at Wartburg in the development office, admission office, bookstore, and president’s office. I am glad to be back! I am a NE Iowa native and long-time ‘Dubuquer.’ My husband and I have two grown sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and beautiful granddaughter.


Jackie BaumhoverAssociate Director of Admissions

I am excited to be serving the Wartburg Seminary community as Associate Director of Admissions!  Prior to arriving at Wartburg, I served as Director of Scheduling & Events at Loras College, here in Dubuque, for 9 years. I’m a graduate of the University of Iowa, am mother to 2 beautiful children and excited for my new journey at Wartburg!


Lily Reed, Admissions and Student Services Administrative Assistant
I am thrilled to serve as Wartburg Seminary’s Administrative Assistant for Admissions and Student Services. I currently teach writing part-time at my alma mater, the University of Dubuque. Prior to Wartburg and UD, I served as Stonehill Franciscan Services’ Human Resources and Development Admin. Assistant. I am newly married, a Dubuque native, and am honored to be a part of the Wartburg team!