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.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Update on Dr. Quill in Australia

Dr Quill at Ghana Seminary Dedication (Collver and Rothemeyer in background) courtesy of Erik Lunsford


Update on Dr. Quill in Australia

5 April 2014 — For Immediate Release

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Quill, Dean of International Studies at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne (www.ctsfw.edu) and Director of Theological Education for the LCMS Office of International Mission (www.lcms.org), fell ill on Wednesday, April 2, in Adelaide, Australia. Quill was taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm (subarachnoid hemorrhage). An immediate procedure (craniotomy) to relieve the pressure was followed within twenty-four hours by surgery to repair the aneurysm (surgical clipping). The first week after the surgery is critical and he is being carefully monitored by the medical team. Quill remains in the Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Quill was traveling with Mr. Darin Storkson, LCMS South Asia and Oceania Regional Director, to visit Australian Lutheran College (www.alc.edu.au ) in Adelaide. After Australia, Quill along with CTS Professor Robert Roethemeyer, Director of Library and Information Services and Director of Institutional Planning and Assessment, were to travel to Papua New Guinea to visit Timothy Lutheran Seminary in Birip and Martin Luther Seminary in Lae for the Chemnitz Library Initiative.

Mr. Storkson, along with Rev. Neville Otto, Secretary and Mission Director for the Lutheran Church of Australia, found Dr. Quill unresponsive on Wednesday before Lenten Vespers and called the ambulance. Professor Robert Roethemeyer, who was enroute to Australia, joined them on Thursday morning before the surgery. Rev. Dr. John Kleinig, professor emeritus of Australian Lutheran College (ALC), prayed with Quill before his surgery. Rev. Dr. Gregory Lockwood, professor emeritus at ALC, and Rev. Dr. Andrew Pfeiffer, Director of Pastoral Education at ALC, also visited Quill in the ICU. Pastors of the Lutheran Church in Australia (LCA) have been wonderfully supportive and helpful during this trying time. Quill’s wife, Annette, and daughter, Katie, arrived in Adelaide on Friday morning after the surgery, followed by Dr. Albert Collver, LCMS Director of Church Relations/Regional Operations, and Missionary Jeffrey Horn, Papua New Guinea.

Quill remains at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Doctors are currently establishing a timeline for his convalescence and his return to the United States. Dr. Quill, his family, Concordia Theological Seminary, and the LCMS Office of International Mission are grateful for the care provided by the Royal Adelaide Hospital, by the Lutheran Church of Australia, and the many people around the world who have expressed concern and offered prayers on his behalf.






Monday, March 31, 2014

An Important Resource for Thinking about What Universities Should Be and Do

In preparation for the CUS Think Tank meeting, we were encouraged to read Dr. Reinhard Hütter's "Polytechnic Utiliversity."  Like all of his work it is dense and demands much from the reader. However, it is worth the effort.


You can find the link at the following link: http://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/11/polytechnic-utiliversity

Dr. Dean O. Wenthe Installed as President of the Concordia University System

It was a real delight to be present at the installation of my predecessor and mentor as president of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, as president of the Concordia University System of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.  As President Harrison stated in his sermon, Dean is the right man for this position, called to it for this moment.  What a blessing he will be!

The bulletin for Dr. Wenthe's installation follows: