The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


November 4, 2010

Stan Olson named Wartburg Seminary president

Stanley N. Olson has been elected president of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, according to a Nov. 4 press release from the seminary.
Since 2005, Olson has served as executive director of the Vocation and Education unit of the churchwide office, which was disbanded in the churchwide office's October reorganization. Olson will begin his new job Jan. 1, succeeding Interim President David Tiede.

In his Vocation and Education role, and as executive director of the ELCA’s Division for Ministry from 2002 to 2005, Olson led the church’s partnerships with its seminaries, colleges and universities, lifelong learning programs, outdoor ministries and campus ministries, as well as supporting young adult and youth ministries and guiding the ELCA candidacy program.

“The Wartburg community gives thanks to God for the appointment of Dr. Olson as our president. His grace, strength, and integrity are gifts among many that will lead us in mission and inspire us to love and serve in Jesus’ name,” said James Justman, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Directors.

Olson also served as bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod, and pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Minn., and First Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minn. In the years between those parish calls, he served as a professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

Olson was raised on a farm near Eagle Grove, Iowa. He is a graduate of two ELCA colleges (Waldorf and St. Olaf) and of Luther Seminary. He holds a doctorate from Yale University where he wrote a dissertation on the New Testament. His wife Nancy is an Associate in Ministry and is Member Care Coordinator for St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Ill.

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