CTS To Begin 169th Academic Year

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — As Labor Day approaches, marking the end of the summer season, we look forward to the opening of the 169th Academic Year at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Opening Service will take place Sunday, September 7 at 3:00 p.m. (EST) in Kramer Chapel on the seminary campus, 6600 N. Clinton Street. At that time we will welcome new and returning students and install new staff members. Those who cannot be with us on campus will be able to watch the service live via the internet by going to www.ctsfw.edu and clicking on the Watch Live! link.

Students will come from all regions of the United States, as well as Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania and Uganda. In addition to those in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts–Deaconess Studies and Specific Ministry Pastor Programs, many will be pursuing the Master of Sacred Theology, Doctor of Ministry or Doctor of Philosophy degree. “As we begin a new academic year, we especially rejoice that the Holy Spirit continues to draw faithful men and women, often through the encouragement of their pastors and the support of their home congregations, into our many programs. The faculty eagerly looks forward to the adventure of teaching theology that is centered on Christ crucified, risen, and returning for the salvation of the world,” commented CTS Academic Dean Rev. Dr. Charles Gieschen.

Several new staff members will be installed by the Rev. Daniel May, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Indiana District. Those to be installed include:
Rev. Dr. Robert Bennett, international missions specialist
Rev. Mark DeLassus, advancement officer
Mr. Matthew Machemer, associate kantor
Rev. Roger Peters, assistant to the director of Library and Information Services
Deaconess Amy Rast, associate director of Deaconess Studies
“We are most pleased to welcome these talented individuals to the seminary community. We are grateful for the gifts they bring and the contributions they will make as we serve together to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all,” said CTS President Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast Jr.