Wartburg Theological Seminary COVID-19 Response as of August 1, 2020

In our ongoing efforts to care for one another and our neighbors, Wartburg Theological Seminary has put into place temporary policies that will remain effective indefinitely to help us steward our shared life together.

Care for one another during this time is our top priority!

Temporary Policies from Interim President Dr. Kristine Stache

Detailed Information and Updates


Prolog Week, Fall Semester, and January Term

Drawing on public health best practices, resources, and forecasts for the upcoming months, the decision has been made to move all Prolog Week, Fall Semester, and January 2021 courses to entirely digital delivery (asynchronously and synchronously). This includes all master’s level courses, TEEM courses, weekend intensives, and travel courses.


We will gather as a community for worship each day at the regular 10:30am CST hour as a part of the daily rhythm of our life together. Worship will be internal to the WTS community to maintain a space for worship that allows us to experiment and practice the leadership of worship in a digital environment.

Read the story to learn more about how we continued as a worship-centered community during the Spring Semester as the pandemic unfolded.

Campus Accessibility

Campus is closed to the public, but will remain open with modified operations. Student on-campus housing also remains open but there will be no guest housing at this time. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow COVID-19 best practices as prescribed by the seminary—including mandatory mask use in campus buildings outside of private offices and residences.

The library continues to be open with modified operations for WTS students, faculty, and staff.

The food pantry continues to be open with modified operations.

Contextual Education

Master’s level and certificate students—including those as students on internship, in CPE, and in fieldwork—are expected to follow the policies set forth by the government(s), organizations, and synods where they are serving.

Guidelines for WTS Internship, Collaborative, and TEEM Students


Admissions Online Open Houses

The Admissions Team has added four new Online Open Houses to its calendar. Participants will hear from current students, faculty, and Admissions & Student Services staff, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Visit our website to learn more and register. Contact admissions@wartburgseminary.edu with questions or for help signing up.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Recently, the U.S. Congress allocated funding to colleges and universities to assist students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was created to enable colleges and universities to provide cash grants to current students for expenses related to disruptions to their education due to COVID-19.

Click here to read more.

From the Chair of the Board of Directors

Reflecting on Interim President Kris Stache’s cogent COVID-19 update and call to prayer, and based on frequent conversations with Dr. Stache and data-driven dashboards provided by our Administrative Cabinet (Rev. Amy Current, Paul Erbes, Dean Craig Nessan, Andy Willenborg), I am thankful to add my assessment and assurance. Dr. Kris Stache, cabinet, faculty and staff are remarkably well—prepared and proactively poised for each eventuality that emerges; each day as if on wings like eagles—effectively executing Wartburg’s core mission, forming valued leaders.  

With gratitude to our gracious God and Wartburg’s servant leaders,

Dr. Stephen J. Cornils
Chair, Wartburg Seminary Board of Directors

Resources for Information on COVID-19

Please practice care and consideration for yourself and others. If you are symptomatic, stay home. If you have questions or need assistance, ask for help. Consult with medical staff if symptoms persist. Be conscientious about how you interact with others in public.

In addition to your state’s health department website, we encourage you to access the following resources:

ELCA Public Health

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

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