Thursday, January 28, 2016

Life in the Spirit: The Unique Strength of a Small Seminary

"Some people look at smaller schools and see only challenges, but I am grateful that our board, along with everyone on campus, sees so much more than the fiscal or legal challenges that we face. Instead, they recognize that a vibrant, caring seminary family is an effective place to form Christian servants as leaders who are prepared to go out into the church with knowledge, conviction, and compassion." -Professor Jonathan Kraemer
The most recent issue of In Trust Magazine features on article on the unique strength of a small seminary by Professor Jonathan Kraemer. Read it here.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Winter Distance Education

In Semester 2, Profess Emeritus Dr. Edward Kettner will teach SYS 110 God, Creation, and Anthropology as an online evening class from his home in Lenexa, Kansas.
This course is available to Open Studies students for credit or audit. Reduced tuition is available for spouses of seminary students and rostered LCC churchworkers.
Contact the Registrar for more details.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

CLS Seeks New Faculty Member

Concordia Lutheran Seminary seeks to call a full-time faculty member specializing in the Old Testament. Candidates meriting serious consideration will be ordained pastors of Lutheran Church-Canada or one of its partner-churches who possess significant parish experience, an earned terminal degree (Th.D or Ph.D), strong teaching and administrative capabilities, a positive and pastoral personality, and a commitment to excellence in pastoral formation and service to the Church.

The seminary envisions issuing a call in May 2016 for service at CLS beginning in August 2016. Nominations are sought by 31 Jan 2016. Interested candidates are invited to contact Dr. James Gimbel, President (

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Considering a New Vocation?

Many pastors answer the call after careers in other fields. Machinists, farmers, business owners, teachers, military men; these are ways many seminarians would have described their vocation only months before walking through the seminary doors into the Master of Divinity program. Some serve in other fields for months or years, some for decades. What they have in common is a desire to serve and the encouragement from others of faith who have seen their gifts in action.

At CLS we know that many men have been considering this path and may be joining us in the next few years. If you have thought about making a transition from your current career to a career serving the church as a pastor, join this event for everyone in this stage of life, contemplating the impact of serving the church in a new career.

Exploring Pastoral Vocation (for 2nd Career Students)
Date: Saturday, October 24th
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm
      10:00 – welcome
      10:15 – Matins in the Chapel
      10:45 – Tour of the Seminary
      11:15 – Q&A panel with Dr. Gimbel & several 2nd career seminarians
      12:15 – Daily Prayer for Noon in the chapel
      12:30 – Lunch
Cost: FREE
How to attend: in person (7040 Ada Blvd, Edmonton) or online (
RSVP by Oct. 16 so we can mail you your participation package in time!
Contact Director of Admissions, Jeff Nachtigall, 780-474-1468 ext 227,

You can find this event on Facebook here:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dr. Hellwege's Installation

Dr. Hellwege's installation.
4th row: Rev. Warren Steckelberg, Rev. Sye Van Maanen, Rev. Rod Buck.
3rd row: Dr. Steve Chambers, Rev. Bill Ney, Rev. Jan Pastucha, Rev. Michael Keith.
2nd row: Dr. Jim Gimbel, Prof. Jonathan Kraemer, Rev. Nolan Astley.
Front row: Dr. John Hellwege
Rev. Dr. John Hellwege was installed as the newest member of Concordia Lutheran Seminary's faculty yesterday during the chapel service.

Dr. Hellwege begins his teaching assignment this fall semester with classes in Theological Method for first year students and Faith, Life, and Ethics for second and fourth year students.

Dr. Hellwege received his Master of Divinity in 1999 and a Master of Sacred Theology in 2000, both from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2009 he received a PhD in Historical Theology, also from Concordia Seminary, with a dissertation discussing American Lutheran perceptions of pre-war Nazi Germany.

Dr. Hellwege has served the last seven years as pastor at Emmaus Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Previously he served the dual parish of Grace Lutheran Church in Platte Center, Nebraska and St. Peter Lutheran Church in Humphrey, Nebraska.  In addition to parish ministry, he has served as an adjunct professor at Concordia University, Nebraska from 2003-2004, and at Concordia University, Wisconsin - St. Louis Center from 2008-2015. He has also served as a guest lecturer at Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri) since 2009.

Dr. Hellwege also served as a freelance editor for Concordia Publish House from 2009-2011. He has contributed to three book projects as an editor and writer: The Lutheran Difference, Lutheranism 101, and Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible. His academic research has received two awards from Concordia Historical Institute, and he has recently given a plenary paper at Concordia Theological Seminary’s (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) 2015 Annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions.
Dr. Hellwege has been married to the love of his life, Denise nee Graeler, for 23 years.  They have four children: Amanda (21), Rachel (19), Laura (15), and Nathan (12).  Amanda and Rachel are in University back in Missouri.  Dr. Hellwege enjoys reading, woodworking, and gardening and has recently earned a black belt in Taekwondo.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Opening Events on YouTube

You can find CLS events on our YouTube channel.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fall Quest Course Begins September 29, 2015

“Religion and Pop Culture” with Dr. Bill Anderson begins September 29, 2015.

This four-part Quest series explores the connections between religious faith, especially Christianity, and popular expressions of culture. The instructor is the Rev. Dr. Bill Anderson, professor of Biblical Studies at Concordia University of Edmonton. Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament and is rostered as a pastor in LCC. His longstanding interest in pop culture connects well with his role as founder and director of Concordia’s “Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith.”  
Please join us on four Tuesday evenings in a row, between September 29 and October 20, from 7-9 p.m.  on the CLS campus or via web-based audio-video link. There is no cost to participate, but please register for the course by email ( or phone (780-474-1468, ext. 225). 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Installation Service - Dr. John Hellwege

Please join us in our celebration on September 21, 2015.
The installation service will take place in the CLS Chapel at 10:45 am

Rev. Dr. John Hellwege will be installed as Assistant Professor of Theology on Monday the 21st in the seminary chapel.  We welcome him to our faculty to serve many of the roles that were filled by Dr. Kettner in systematic and historical theology. He and his family are relocating to Edmonton by mid-September to begin his first year of teaching here. Thanks be to God for enabling this transition as we strive to provide the best pastoral training possible under our mission to "form servants for Jesus' sake." 

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