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2013 Seminary Midyear Graduation

2013 Seminary Midyear Graduation

A midyear graduation service for Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary occurred on Tuesday, December 3, 2014 in Bethany Lutheran College’s Trinity Chapel. The Rev. David J. Webber (Redeemer, Scottsdale, AZ) served as preacher. Pres. Gaylin R. Schmeling presented the diplomas, and the Rev. Dr. J. Kincaid Smith represented the Board of Regents. The sermon was based on Matthew 11:25-30 with the theme, “Take My Yoke Upon You, and Learn From Me.” A reception followed the service in the BLC Great Room.

The following graduated from the seminary with a Master of Divinity degree: Paul Webber and Michael Willitz.

Reformation Lectures Recap

Reformation Lectures Recap

The forty-sixth annual Bjarne Wollan Teigen Reformation Lectures were held at the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center, Mankato, Minnesota, on October 31–November 1, 2013. These lectures are sponsored jointly by Bethany Lutheran College and Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary.

This year there were two presenters. The first lecture was given by Prof. Mark Harstad of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. The second presenter was the Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil, executive director for spiritual care at the Doxology Institute of Brookfield, Wisconsin. The theme of the lectures was “Confessional Lutheranism’s Answers to the Challenges of Modern Society.” The first lecture, given by Prof. Harstad, was entitled “The Christian’s Vocation in the Three Estates: Family, Church, and Society.” The second lecture, presented by Dr. Senkbeil, was entitled “The Christian Faces Contemporary Challenges.” The Reformation Lectures were a study of the three estates and the estates relationship to the challenges of modern society. In the Reformation Luther provided structure for social life by using the three estates originating in the Middle Ages: those who provide nourishment (Nährstand), those who ensure order (Wehrstand), and those who teach God’s Word (Lehrstand). Luther indicated that people have responsibilities in all three estates. Understanding one’s duty in each of these estates will help one meet the challenges of modern society.

2013 Reformation Lectures

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, in conjunction with Bethany Lutheran College, is pleased to announce this year’s annual Bjarne W. Teigen Reformation
Lectures. This year the lectures will be held October 31–November 1, 2013 on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota. The theme will be “Confessional Lutheranism’s Answers to the Challenges of Modern Society.” Prof. Mark Harstad will give the first lecture entitled, “The Christian’s Vocation in the Three Estates: Family, Church, and Society,” and Dr. Harold Senkbeil will give the second lecture entitled, “The Christian Faces Contemporary Challenges.” We look forward to an informative and stimulating discussion.

For more information, please read the following brochure: Reformation Lectures 2013.

2013-2014 Academic Year Begins

2013-2014 Academic Year Begins

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary began its new school year with an opening service on August 26 in Good Shepherd Chapel. Dr. Thomas Kuster based his message on Isaiah 40:1–5, which he called “the Great Commission of the Old Testament,” addressed to all preachers. By referencing the six chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism, he found in God’s call to “comfort ye My people” whispers of the whole counsel of God: a God who cares for his people, who redeems them, sends them a Comforter, welcomes their prayers as the Lord taught them to pray, calls them to repentance and forgives their sin, urges the message be made known to all nations/all flesh through baptism, and proclaims the “glory of the Lord” most clearly seen on the cross and brought to each of us through the Holy Supper. This is God’s message we are to bring to comfort his people.

The teaching staff for the seminary this year is as follows: Thomas Flunker, Adolph Harstad, Thomas Kuster, Michael Smith, Erling Teigen, and Gaylin Schmeling. Professor Flunker is teaching Hispanic outreach; Professor Harstad is teaching in the areas of Old Testament, world religions, and homiletics; Professor Kuster is teaching communication; Professor Smith is teaching in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and homiletics; Professor Teigen is teaching dogmatics; and Professor Schmeling is teaching courses in church history and homiletics.

The seminary enrollment this year numbers twelve. There is one vicar, three seniors, five middlers, and three juniors. The vicar is Paul Webber at Mt. Olive Lutheran (Mankato, Minnesota). Also we have one student in the Master of Arts in Lutheran Theological Studies program.

Summer Institute 2013

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary will holds its annual summer Pastors’ Institute on July 15–17, 2013. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday and conclude at noon on Wednesday. The Institute offers an excellent opportunity for professional growth and is open to any pastors of the ELS or WELS. The cost will be minimal. The seminary will provide lodging on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College and Tuesday evening there will be a meal at the seminary parsonage.

This year’s program is following:

  • Professor Adolph Harstad will lecture on Preaching from Pericopes in Deuteronomy, a Quintessential OT Sermon Book. He will discuss isagogical material and conduct text studies for preaching from the book of Deuteronomy. This study will show why the book can rightly be called “quintessential” for preachers.
  • President Gaylin Schmeling will give a presentation on the 450th Anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism and other important anniversaries occurring this year.

If you plan to attend the institute, please send your name, address, and phone number to . You may also indicate whether you will need lodging for one night or two. We hope you will be able to attend this year’s summer Institute which should be interesting, instructive, edifying, and helpful for your ministry.

Commencement Video

This year, Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Commencement Service was recorded and can be viewed below, or by clicking this link.


Assignment Report-2013

Assignment Report-2013

The Commencement Service for Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, which included both the assignment of calls and graduation of students, occurred on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. in Trinity Chapel. The Rev. Paul Welke (St. Matthew, Winona [WELS]) served as preacher, Pres. Gaylin Schmeling served as liturgist, and the Rev. Dr. J. Kincaid Smith represented the Board of Regents. The sermon was based on 2 Timothy 3:14–17 with the theme “God Has Equipped You for Service.” Both pastoral candidates graduated with Master of Divinity degrees. May God bless these servants of the church.

Pastoral Assignments

  • Jesse DeDeyne – Messiah Lutheran Church, Omro, Wisconsin
  • Benjamin Wiechmann – King of Grace Lutheran Church & School, Golden
    Valley, Minnesota

Teacher Assignment

  • Thalia Pollard – Scarville Lutheran Church & School, Scarville, Iowa

Graduation/Call Day Date Change

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato, Minnesota, is pleased to announce Wednesday, May 15, 2013, as the date for this year’s Commencement Service. This service will include both the graduation of students and the assignment of calls to candidates. This is different from previous years when Graduation and Call Day were held on separate dates. Vicar Workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. The Commencement Service, including both graduation and assignment of calls, will take place in Trinity Chapel on the Bethany Lutheran College campus at 7:00 p.m. The Rev. Paul Welke (St. Matthew, Winona [WELS]) will serve as the guest speaker with the Rev. Gaylin Schmeling conducting the liturgy and the Rev. Dr. J. Kincaid Smith representing the Board of Regents. The seminary graduates will be Jesse DeDeyne and Ben Wiechmann.

Spring Open House 2013

Spring Open House 2013

On Sunday, February 24, 2013, Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato, Minnesota, held its regular Spring Open House. The Seminary Open House is held twice a year, once in fall and once in the spring, to let men who may be interested in becoming pastors learn what Bethany Seminary is all about. This fall, the presenter was Pastor Paul Fries, Director of Communication for the ELS, who gave a presentation titled, “From Big City to Small Town: Looking At Ministry Througth A Diferent Lens.”