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Dear future students

Edited by Travis Scholl Dear future pastoral student, Due in no small part to the encouragement of my parents and my pastor, I’ve known since middle school that I would attend the Seminary. In my mind it was always a matter of when and not if. In retrospect, my Seminary education began both later and […]

First an accounting major, now a pastoral student

By Tiffany Hudson First-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.) student Christian Pieper can’t start a class without being asked if he’s related to Franz Pieper, the former president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. “I get asked that in almost every introductory class,” he laughed. “As far as I know, I’m not.” Pieper never seriously considered becoming […]

Guiding students as registrar

By Tiffany Hudson When Beth Menneke started working at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, she began, as she puts it, as “an assistant to an assistant.” Now serving as the Seminary’s registrar, Menneke feels blessed that God led her to work at the Seminary even though it was not the career she had planned. She grew […]

Summer Workshops: opportunities to hone theological edges

By Kim Plummer Krull While Dr. Ralph Blomenberg appreciates that Concordia Seminary gave him an excellent theological education to begin his pastoral ministry, he also appreciates that he graduated in 1981. As the changing world continually presents new ministry challenges, the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour, Ind., pastor recognizes the need to continually “hone the edges” […]

Faculty Focus: From student to professor

By Travis Scholl For Professor Peter Nafzger, joining the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2016 was like coming home in more ways than one. Not only did Professor Nafzger complete both his ministerial training and doctoral work at the Seminary (M.Div. 2004, Ph.D. 2009), but he was born, baptized, raised, educated and confirmed […]

Growing in the faith

By Melanie Ave “I love surrounding myself with people of great faith, which is exactly the people at these seminars. God uses them to strengthen my faith.” Solomon Conrad of St. Peters, Mo., was reading through his church’s newsletter several years ago when he noticed something that caught his eye: a notice about a Lay […]

Called to a lifelong adventure of learning

By Dr. Charles Arand The milestone 500th anniversary of the Reformation has just passed, but it provided a wonderful opportunity to give thanks to God for the theological treasures we have inherited. This special time of commemoration and reflection highlighted anew that Jesus is the foundation of our faith; the church stands and falls on […]