Thursday, December 18, 2014

Service of Worship and Praise - The Reverend A. O. Rast 40 Years in the Ministry 1924-1964


My first cousin once removed recently posted a picture of my grandfather (his great grandfather) on Facebook and pointing out how cool it was. Right he was (and is)! Here is what he posted:




Of all the coincidences, at just about the same time I had stumbled across the bulletin to the service celebrating Grandpa Rast's 40th anniversary in the ministry. I promised my cousin I would post it, so here it is.







Friday, May 30, 2014

Dr. Daniel Gard Elected President of Concordia University, Chicago


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—Today, Friday, May 30, the Board of Regents of Concordia University, Chicago unanimously elected the Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Gard to be the eleventh president of the university. Dr. Gard currently serves as professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and as Rear Admiral in the United States Navy Reserve.

The seminary community congratulates Concordia University on choosing a leader whose breadth and depth of experience will serve the university well. Dr. Gard has proclaimed the Gospel and given a clear Christian witness in churches, the classroom and in the multicultural environment of today’s military. He has distinguished himself in each setting by his ability to work with people from all backgrounds.

“As an alumnus of Concordia University, Chicago, I am thrilled for my alma mater,” said CTS President, the Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast, Jr. “Should Dr. Gard accept this call, we know that he would bring the same degree of professionalism and passion to his work there as he has at CTS."

Dr. Gard’s strong leadership enabled him to advance to the U.S. Navy Reserve's highest rank where he has shown visionary guidance in helping to redefine the chaplaincy as the military transitions away from a wartime footing. He has served the seminary and the nation faithfully and with excellence.

We invite all to join us in prayer for Dr. Gard and his family as he deliberates this call.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Dr. Roland Ziegler Named Holder of Preus Chair at CTS

Dr. Roland Ziegler Named Holder of Preus Chair at CTS
    
For Immediate Release
May 22, 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—The Rev. Dr. Roland F. Ziegler, associate professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been named holder of The Rev. Dr. Robert D. Preus Chair in Systematic Theology/Confessional Lutheran Studies. The Chair is endowed to honor the faithful service of Dr. Preus to this seminary and the church-at-large.

“I am honored and humbled by this appointment,” said Ziegler. “I take it as a call to me and to all of us to honor Dr. Preus by following his example in our vocations: to be faithful to the Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God, to join joyously in the confession of our Fathers as we find it in the Book of Concord, to honor the Fathers of the 17th century by reading and engaging them, to engage and confess the faith in the theological confusion of our time, to be a debtor of the Gospel to those among whom we live and to those abroad and, thus, to heed the admonition of the apostle and honor the motto of Concordia Theological Seminary: Preach the Word.”

Ziegler joined the faculty at CTS in 2000 and received his Dr.theol. from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen in 2011. He is a native of Germany where he studied at the Universities of Tübingen, Erlangen, and at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Oberursel. During his studies, he joined the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church. A scholarship enabled him to study as an exchange student at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne from 1990-1991 as a student of Dr. Preus. After finishing his studies, he served as a teaching assistant at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Oberursel, a vicar in Berlin and a pastor in Konstanz.
   
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Thursday, May 08, 2014

2014-05-07 - Dr. Quill Returns to Fort Wayne



At about 11:00 p.m. this evening (May 7, 2014), Dr. Quill returned to Fort Wayne from Australia.  We're deeply thankful to God that he has brought Tim this far along and look forward to Tim's continued recovery by the grace of God.  We'll likely have [good] pictures and more shortly, but I simply wanted to get the message out as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2014-04-23 - Update on Dr. Timothy Quill

In this season as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, it is with thanksgiving to the God of all mercy and comfort that we are able to announce that the Rev. Dr. Timothy Quill has been discharged from the hospital.  His road to recovery will continue in Adelaide, Australia


Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and The Office of International Mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod continue to give thanks for the marvelous care, both physical and spiritual, that the Quill family is receiving.  We further encourage all to keep the Quill’s and those providing care for them in your prayers.

While a date has yet to be set for Dr. Quill’s return to the United States, we pray for his continued recovery and look forward to his homecoming.

Friday, April 11, 2014

2014-04-11 Update on Dr. Quill

Timothy Quill Update

Adelaide, Australia, April 11, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Quill, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTS) and Director of Theological Education for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Office of International Mission (OIM), remains in the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia, where he underwent surgery for a brain aneurysm on April 3.

Quill’s condition has improved over the past several days. He has been released from the Intensive Care Unit and is now being cared for in the Neurology Ward. While he remains in serious condition, his condition is slowly improving.

Although the physicians have yet to provide a prognosis regarding Quill’s ultimate recovery, they have indicated that he is in the category of a more positive outcome for people who have suffered such an aneurysm. While physical therapy has begun, it is likely that Dr. Quill will remain in Australia for some time in preparation for his return to the United States.

Annette and Kati, Quill's wife and daughter, are in Adelaide, lending invaluable emotional support. OIM staff and pastors from the Lutheran Church of Australia will remain with the Quill’s throughout the recovery period to provide spiritual and logistical support. The CTS community is also actively engaged in supporting and caring for the Quill family during this challenging time.

Updates on Dr. Quill’s recovery will be provided as information becomes available. Please keep Tim, his family, and his medical and pastoral care teams in your prayers.