April 7, 2010
Wartburg Seminary president resigns
The board of directors of Wartburg Seminary accepted the resignation of President Duane Larson effective July 1, 2010. Larson has served as President of since 1999.
"God is calling me to do something new in my pastoral and teaching vocation alongside the welcome new personal life I will begin with my wedding this spring. It will be good and right for me to be able to give full attention to the gift of marriage, as well as to enjoy some sabbatical, before moving to whatever God has in mind for the next period of my professional ministry," Larson said.
Larson received a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary and a Ph.D from Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, Calif. Prior to coming to Wartburg he served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg (Penn.) and as a parish pastor of three congregations in California.
Rita Dudley, board chair said, "He has been a visionary and valued leader, taking the seminary to national recognition as an exemplary communitarian theological institution. Dr. Larson has given the Wartburg seminary community the vision to step forward in the world and lead theological education to comprehend the gift of worship-centered community in a society that sees less need for such. He guided the seminary into the electronic age, branding it as a place where community interactions form the core to Christian relationships. "
Wartburg is one of eight theological schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Wartburg is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and educates women and men to serve the church as ordained and lay leaders. Established in Dubuque, Iowa in 1854, Wartburg is in its 156th academic year.