Wartburg Past and Present: The First Generation of Women Leaders

Revisiting a 2012 LifeTogether Magazine Article about Pioneering WTS Faith Leaders The ELCA’s 50/40/10 celebrations commemorate the 50th anniversary of ordaining Lutheran women, the 40th anniversary of ordaining Lutheran women of color, and the 10th anniversary of LGBTQ+ individuals being able to serve freely.  WTS joins the ELCA in celebrating the ways women, women of…

Getting to Know Dr. Man-Hei Yip

Dr. Man-Hei Yip, Assistant Professor of Systematics, Joined the WTS Faculty on July 1, 2020 GROWING UP IN HONG KONG I was born into a large family with six siblings: five older sisters and one younger brother. My parents are not Christians, but they sent us all to a Christian school, and from there I…

Welcoming Rev. Dr. Lydia Hernández-Marcial

The Wartburg Theological Seminary community welcomes the Rev. Dr. Lydia Hernández-Marcial to the faculty as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible beginning January 1, 2021. The search for the Hebrew Bible position was conducted since August in a process that included the work of a faithful search committee that moved forward with their designated responsibilities using…

Announcing the Next Wartburg Seminary President

Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen ’97 The Wartburg Theological Seminary Board of Directors, as recommended by the Presidential Search Committee, is pleased to announce the unanimous election of the Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen ‘97 as the next President of our beloved institution, beginning February 1, 2021. Dr. Largen currently serves in a dual role…

Derecho: WTS Alumni Support Communities Across Iowa

Rev. Nat Bothwell ’16 and congregation rally to distribute free water in Iowa communities alongside other ELCA churches A derecho, or “land hurricane” as it has been described, moved slowly and devastatingly through the Midwest with winds topping 100 miles per hour earlier this month. The storm left over one million people without power with…

WTS Graduate Seeks to Comfort the Troubled and Trouble the Comfortable

Rev. Sunniva Gylver’s Story ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN A 2013 ISSUE OF LIFETOGETHER Rev. Sunniva Gylver studied at Wartburg Seminary in 1994-1995 as an exchange student from the seminary in Norway, Det teologisk Menighetsfakultet. The experience was transformational and shaped many facets of her 18 year ministry in Oslo, Norway. Now, she is working towards her…

Faith-Filled Quarantine: Lessons from the Iranian Hostage Crisis

Kathryn (Kate) Koob’s Story Kathryn (Kate) Koob is a lifelong Lutheran, dedicated person of faith, and longtime Wartburg Seminary supporter. The faith learned at home and in church shaped her choices and life’s path, eventually leading to a career in foreign service with a posting in Tehran, Iran in 1979 shortly after the Iranian Revolution…