WTS Announces New Faculty Appointment


DUBUQUE, IA – May 16, 2014 – Wartburg Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Martin J. Lohrmann has been named the new Assistant Professor of Lutheran Confessions and Heritage. He will join the Wartburg faculty this fall, after having served as pastor of Christ Ascension Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 2009. This was his third pastorate. Lohrmann has also served as adjunct professor or guest lecturer at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Reformed Episcopal Seminary, LaSalle University, Gwynedd-Mercy College, and Wartburg Theological Seminary.

Lohrmann is the author of various publications, including Bugenhagen’s Jonah: Biblical Interpretation as Public Theology (Lutheran University Press, 2012), and is also the co-editor of Reformation Commentary on Scripture: 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings and 1-2 Chronicles (InterVarsity Press, expected in 2015).

Lohrmann is a graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2004), where his studies included matriculation at Augustana Theologische Hochschule in Neuendettelsau, Germany (2001-2002). He holds a B.A. degree in history and humanities (1999) from Valparaiso University, and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (2010).

“Wartburg Theological Seminary is privileged to receive the Rev. Dr. Martin Lohrmann as our new Assistant Professor of Lutheran Confessions and Heritage. His historical and theological expertise in the legacy of the Reformation, together with his rich experience as a congregational pastor, prepare him to serve as an excellent teacher for grounding and forming students for ministry in the Lutheran church. Moreover, Dr. Lohrmann has demonstrated gifts for scholarship that will enrich both church and academy for many years to come.” says Wartburg Seminary’s Academic Dean, Dr. Craig Nessan.

Lohrmann says of his appointment to Wartburg, “Wartburg Seminary does a great job connecting Christian faith with the daily life of congregations and communities. I am very excited to be a part of this mission as a new faculty member. Through my teaching, I hope to show students how the Lutheran Confessions are grounded in a deep and lively engagement with scripture and how much freedom, insight and encouragement they offer us as we serve Christ in our various contexts today. Nearly 500 years after the Reformation started, Lutherans still have great treasures of faith and service to share with the world.”

President Stanley N. Olson believes Lohrmann’s appointment is the latest example of Wartburg’s tradition of excellent faculty continuing into the future: “A skilled and engaged faculty has long been one of the strengths of the Wartburg Seminary community. I’m confident that gift will continue long into God’s future. Look at the evidence: Dr. Lohrmann will be a fine addition to the teaching faculty. Less than a year ago, Dr. Troy Troftgruben joined WTS as Assistant Professor of New Testament and is serving with excellence and energy. Last month the Board placed Dr. Kris Stache in a tenure-track position as Associate Professor of Missional Leadership and Director of Learning for Life. And we just celebrated the tenure of Dr. Samuel Giere of Associate Professor of Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation. The other members of the faculty are serving with joy and skill and have done so for twenty years or more. Past, present and future—faculty are at the heart of this worship-centered community of learning and mission!”

Wartburg Theological Seminary is one of eight theological schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Wartburg is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and educates women and men to serve the church’s mission as ordained and lay leaders. Established in Dubuque, Iowa in 1854, Wartburg Seminary is in its 160th academic year.