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2018 Luther Academy of the Rockies

Wartburg Theological Seminary invites YOU to join with us for 10 days of learning, recreation, and renewal for ministry at our annual LUTHER ACADEMY OF THE ROCKIES.

In keeping with Wartburg Theological Seminary’s emphasis on daily worship, each day begins with opening devotions.  In addition to educational programs for the adults, age-appropriate daily programs are provided for children and teens (age 4 – 19), as well as childcare for children 3 and under.

Come join us for 10 days in the beautiful Rockies with renowned speakers sharing their wisdom at an incredibly reasonable price!  This opportunity is too great to miss!!

Leaders and Speakers

The Rev. Dr. Don Collett is a native of Montana.  He graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman (1991) and Westminster Seminary in California (1997).  After church planting in the Bozeman area for five years, he studied abroad in Scotland under Christopher R. Seitz at the University of St Andrews, focusing on prophecy and hermeneutics and completing the PhD in 2007.  He is currently associate professor of Old Testament and director of the MDiv program at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA, where he has been teaching since 2008.  He also teaches Old Testament courses on a biannual basis at the Alexandria School of Theology in Cairo, Egypt, and is an ordained priest in the Anglican Diocese of Egypt.

Dr. Winston D. Persaud is Professor of Systematic Theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (PhD, 1980), Wartburg Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, 1977), and the University of Guyana (BA, 1974). He is a native of Guyana, where he served his home congregation, Redeemer Lutheran Church, prior to joining the Wartburg faculty, in February 1984. His teaching and research are focused on defining and confessing the gospel of Jesus Christ in a world of religious and non-religious alternatives. During his sabbatical, 2004-05, the primary focus of his research was on reading the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue, USA, documents in light of both the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (31 October 1999) and theme of ‘Luther and the Religions’. In his last sabbatical (fall 2011; fall 2012), his focus was, “Empire and the Emergence and Development of Christian Doctrine and its Continuing Relevance.” Dr. Persaud loves teaching the Christian faith in a variety of settings—in the USA, Guyana, and elsewhere internationally (e.g., seminary classroom, bishop’s academies, pastors’ and rostered-lay leaders’ fora, congregational adult education classes, youth camps and certification and leadership schools, church assemblies)-in ways that are faithful to Scripture, the Christian tradition and the Confessions, and contemporary contexts. He seeks to speak of God’s justifying grace in and through Jesus Christ in a way that makes the technical language of Scripture, the Creeds, and the Confessions connect with the questions people are asking.

Summer 2018 marks 33 years of May Persaud’s service as Instructor in Biblical Languages (Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek) at Wartburg Theological Seminary and 17 years as Instructor in Bible/Greek at the University of Dubuque/University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  The daughter of a Presbyterian pastor, May was born in New Jersey, grew up in Kansas, attended Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and then the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.  Upon marriage to Winston D. Persaud, May lived in Guyana, South America (1980-84), and taught in congregations, Lutheran Church Women gatherings, and congregational and national gatherings of the Lutheran Church in Guyana. May began her teaching at Wartburg Seminary after Winston came to teach Systematic Theology at Wartburg, beginning in 1984.  May and Winston are blessed by Winston Jr. and his wife Jamie Schickler, with their dear little son, Idris (born on Winston Sr.’s birthday in 2017); and Alexander and his fiancé, Ajin John, who are planning an April 2018 wedding.  May’s passion for the Bible and for Bible instruction is no happenstance. Named for her maternal Grandmother May, who was named for the month her parents were married, and walking in the footsteps not only of her Grandmother May but also her mother Dorothy (both revered teachers of the Bible), May has been blessed to bear a name that bespeaks her calling. In whatever setting, May brings a passion for Scripture and a desire to invite students to encounter and ponder the biblical text and its witnesses to Jesus Christ for us today. As a teacher, this is at the center of her calling as a disciple and servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Modeled after similar continuing education events for pastors and spouses in Germany, Dr. J. Michael Reu designed and directed the first academy in 1937 at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA. It was the first Lutheran continuing education event in this country, with an original registration fee of $5.00 for the 10 days. The academy remained an annual event in Dubuque for the next 31 years, with a brief respite during World War II. Before it was moved to Colorado in 1969, Dr.William Streng, Professor of Christian Education at Wartburg, expanded the format of the academy to include pastors, spouses, and families in a setting that focused on a blend of theological education and relaxation. Today the Luther Academy of the Rockies may be the only LifeLong Learners event in the country that includes education for the entire family.