It Takes a Village to Run a Village

  Keeping the seminary running is about so much more than simply maintaining a school building. “I think of it as a small community or village,” says Curtis Wenthur, the seminary’s buildings and grounds director. ...

Christmas at the Seminary

  On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Seminary Chorus presented its annual Christmas at the Seminary. “Some have said that the pattern for a musical Christmas was established already in the days around Jesus’ birth. Four ...

Pastoral Studies Institute

  Sometimes people who want to become WELS pastors need a more flexible path to ministry, and Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) guides and assists these non-traditional and second career students in North America. In addition, ...

Teaching an Ordinary Class

  This is my sixth year of teaching at the seminary, so much of what I’m doing seems routine by this time. I’ve taught my three main courses (Genesis, Psalms, and preaching) often enough that ...

More Ordinary than Holy

An ordinary school day at the seminary begins with each student putting on a cross-emblazoned cape. Capes fluttering, the student body paces the hallowed halls of the seminary, chanting in Latin for a full hour. ...

Preparing Mission-Minded Pastors

  August Pieper, who served as a professor at the seminary from 1902 to 1941, and as president from 1929 to 1937, readily acknowledged that three years of seminary classwork weren’t enough. The seminary couldn’t ...

The Holy Ordinary

  Like Anna in the Temple, she was old and had outlived her husband. Her knees were creaky and she carried more pounds than she should have. It hurt her to walk. She had been ...