Students, faculty and staff gather together to kick off the 164th academic year at Wartburg Theological Seminary!

Wartburg Theological Seminary celebrates the beginning of our 164th year with a significant boost in our incoming student class. In a time where the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is calling for leaders, we are thankful that students, and those who send them, recognize that Wartburg Seminary continues to prepare bold, compassionate, and innovative leaders. We are delighted to announce that our incoming class represents 77% growth in new degree seeking students over last year.

We give thanks for our dedicated admissions team, our faculty, staff, and current students as well as for partners in congregations, synods, campus ministries, outdoor ministries, lay ministry schools, and other specialized ministries who continue to prayerfully invite and encourage the gifts they see in others.

President Johnson reflects on this unprecedented growth in our incoming class: “We welcome these students with great joy and confidence that they will be shaped into the uniquely gifted leaders that our churches, communities and the world so desperately need.”

Orange represents home states of the 2017-2018 incoming student class.

We thank you for your continued prayers for new and continuing students and we encourage you to continue lifting-up and identifying gifts for public ministry that you see in others.