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Each week you will find new stories posted here about how God is using the Institute of Lutheran Theology to sow the seed of the gospel. Check back often to stay informed. 

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Faculty Focus: Rev. Timothy J. Swenson

Rev. Timothy J. Swenson was called as Chaplain to the fledgling Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) in 2012. For three years it had been web-casting classes to congregations as well as individual students. He had agreed to teach Lutheran worship in those early years, and continues to do so. “Like as the hart desire the water brook, so longs my soul….” The longing desire to convey the word of God as teacher and to receive that word of God as student is satisfied for Rev. Swenson through the ILT. No one may hide in a back row; Adobe Connect/Populi runs like Interactive Television and gets continual upgrades in order to deliver “the goods” at the very best standard. As Director of Educational

In Memory of Rev. Joann Kramer

Rev. Joann Kramer passed away in May 2016. The women of St. John Lutheran of Nashua, IA, her first Call after graduation,made a banner celebrating Joann’s pastoral ministry, which you will see at ILT in Brookings if you come to visit. Her husband, Rev. David Kramer, thought that since Joann placed such a high esteem on the call to ministry our seminary was the fitting place. Like all women who broke through the barrier to women’s ordination, Joann had to overcome many obstacles. Born in 1945 in Norfolk, Nebraska and raised on her parents farms in Nebraska, Joann was a good student, and while attending St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wayne, NE, during her confirmation years, Joann began to feel

Besides Accreditation, ILT Has Significant Growth in Many Areas

Dear ILT Family; Greetings in the Name of Christ! Since its inception the Institute of Lutheran Theology has been supported by congregations. Over the years this support has increased, and our relationship with individual congregations has deepened. At the end of the day, ILT is accountable to you to prepare people who have the requisite learning to be pastors in this post-modern, increasingly post-Christian context. Where will you get your pastors 10 years, 20 years, or 50 years from now? Since the beginning ILT has been committed to Biblical faithfulness, autonomy of operations, and institutional accreditation. Yes, ILT has achieved initial accreditation, the Commission on Accreditation of

Drafted to Serve: How One Church Solved the Pastor Shortage Dilemma

Bethel Lutheran Church in Lea Park, Alberta, Canada, has two pastors who are both ILT students. Pastor Ed Parke and Pastor Kevin Nelson were drafted by their congregation to take additional training and become pastors of the church. The following is an account of both students experience of being enrolled in ILT’s Pastoral Ministry Certificate. We interviewed Ed Parke for the newsletter first. He said ILT’s teachers are very knowledgeable and patient, library service is great (“I get things right away”), that he chose ILT because we are Lutheran and on account of our position on the Authority of Scripture (“Not dogmatic, witnessed frank and open discussions, but the Bible always ends up as t

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