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Come to the Castle – Worship, Learning, and Conversation

Come to the Castle will be offered three times this spring:

9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Dubuque, Iowa
$20 per person /$50 per group of five people (includes lunch).  Additional members over five  $10 per person.


Schedule for the Day:

9 am: Registration (Narthex)
9:30 am: Worship
10:30 am: Session
Noon: Lunch
1 pm: Session
2:30 pm: Closing

This spring, Wartburg Seminary is sponsoring three sessions of the continuing education program, “Come to the Castle,” for clergy and congregational members. Come to the Castle includes adult Bible study sessions for individuals from congregations that are typically led by final-year Wartburg students. Clergy are invited to accompany their congregational members and have sessions specifically for them that include lectionary study of texts for upcoming seasons led by members of the Wartburg faculty. Participants are asked to please bring a Bible with them to “Come to the Castle”.

Spring 2017 dates and Faculty Presenters


February 10, 2017 – Faculty Presenters: Roy W. Carroll & Samuel D. Giere

Retiring in 2015 after a 45 year tenure of teaching music in public schools and at the undergraduate college level, Roy W. Carroll currently serves as Cantor and Instructor of Church Music at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA.  A native of New Philadelphia OH, Roy received his Bachelor’s degree in music education from Muskingum University, and his Master of Music degree in organ performance and church music from Kent State University where his principal teacher was Dr. John Ferguson.  Carroll’s doctoral degree in music is from the University of Iowa (1999), where his principal teachers included Delores Bruch-Cannon and Delbert Disselhorst.  Carroll’s dissertation, Place, Praise and Faith:  A Study of Architecture and Music in the Worship Life of the Lutheran Church is “a study of the relationship between architecture and the practice of music [in] selected Lutheran churches in the United States.” Passionately committed to serving the mission of the Church through the encouragement of assembly song, Roy has served as musician at various churches in Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa throughout his teaching career.

Roy Carroll is principal organist and harpsichordist with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and currently resides in Dubuque with his wife Nancy who serves as Archivist for Wartburg Theological Seminary and Region Five of the ELCA.  Their daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Robert Wieners, reside in Janesville WI where they parent Roy and Nancy’s grandson Andrew.

Samuel D Giere, a ’97 alumnus, joined the Wartburg faculty in the summer of 2006. After serving as an associate pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota, he studied at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, completing a PhD in Old Testament in 2006. His postgraduate work was on the history of the interpretation of Day One (Genesis 1.1-5). He has also taught Summer Greek at Wartburg Seminary and as an adjunct member of the Religion Department at Concordia College, Moorhead, and served as interim pastor at Norman and Davenport Lutheran Churches, in southeast North Dakota.

Sacred Scripture and Sacred Music: Exploring the Scriptural Foundation of the Church’s Musical Witness with Particular Attention to Easter and the early Sundays of Easter, Year A

The day will be portioned into times where clergy and laity are together and times when clergy are with Roy and Sam and laity are with WTS final-year students.  Church musicians and worship committee members are particularly encouraged to attend.


March 31, 2017 – Presenter: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

Richard Bruxvoort Colligan’s business card reads “Psalmist.” A student of the psalms, Richard makes his way in the world as a composer and teacher using music with lifelong spiritual formation. He earned his MA in Theology and the Arts from United Theoligical Seminary of the Twin Cities and has had songs published by the ELCA, UMC, UCC and PC(USA). Richard is the weekly psalm correspondent of the Pulpit Fiction podcast, had taught Psalms courses at Wartburg and Eden Seminaries and publishes two new worship songs each month via his Patreon feed. He lives in Strawberry Point, Iowa with his wife Trish, teenage son, Sam, and Willow the dog. Be welcome at and for free listening.

Singing the Psalms in the 21st Century

Our worshiping tradition has had the psalms at its core for millennia. What value do these ancient songs have today as part of lifelong spiritual formation and how might we sing them today? Come for study, reflection and community singing in a variety of styles.

Clergy and laity will be together with Richard throughout the day.


Thursday, March 30, 2017  – 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Wartburg Theological Seminary – Loehe Chapel

A Psalm Immersion Concert: Singing Lament, Gratitude and Wonder. A sing-along concert with Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

Whether we are rejoicing with gratitude, wailing for justice or sputtering in wonder, there’s a psalm for that. Come for a relaxed evening of music for all ages featuring stories, laughter and lots of music from the psalms.



April 28, 2017 – Faculty Presenter: May Burt Persaud

This year marks the completion of 30 years of May’s service as Instructor in Biblical Languages  at Wartburg Theological Seminary. 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 feels she has been blessed to bear a name that bespeaks her calling. In whatever setting she teaches, May brings a passion for Scripture and a desire to invite students to encounter and ponder the biblical text and its message for us today. As a teacher, this is at the center of her calling as a disciple and servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Summer Journeys with Matthew through Ordinary Time.

Clergy will work with May.  Laity will work with WTS final-year student.


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