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…

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…

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Cohort Completes One-Year MA

Eight Students Connected to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Journey through the One-Year MA Program In the Fall of 2019, Wartburg Seminary launched a one-year Master of Arts program. When WTS Board Member Michael (Mike) Carlson ’04 heard about this new program at one of the Board of Directors meetings, he immediately thought of the staff…

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…

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…

Celebrating the Class of 2020

Class of 2020 Commencement Story: Real-Time Digital Ceremony The Wartburg Seminary Administrative Cabinet did not make the decision lightly to hold the 2020 Commencement and Baccalaureate as a distance celebration on Sunday May 17th. While the WTS community grieved with graduates, we also knew it would be possible to honor graduates, certificate earners, and our…