Practise These Things (Vicars’ Retreat 2015)

Vicars receive their placements at the Call Service

Vicars receive their placements at the Call Service

The collect for the vicars at the Call Service asked the Lord of the Church to give these young men “zeal and faithfulness to perform their tasks to the edification of Your people and their progress in preparing to serve as pastors in Your Church.” The transition from academic learning to active, on-the-job learning is not always so easy. Newly-assigned vicars have lots of questions about their upcoming year of service, and also concerns about living accommodations, starting dates, etc.

Vicar Milton Lam meets supervisor Rev. Alex Klages (CLTS alumnus 2003)

Vicar Milton Lam meets supervisor Rev. Alex Klages (CLTS alumnus 2003)

To aid the vicars in preparing for this new phase in their training, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, provides an opportunity for vicars and supervisors to meet in a retreat format. This year’s retreat took place 2-3 June at the seminary under the guidance of the seminary Vicarage Supervisors, Dr William Mundt and Dr Wilhelm Torgerson.

In addition to talking about general concerns and conditions of a vicarage, each vicar had specific times and specific assignments to discuss with his supervisor. The wives joined the group for dinner Tuesday evening, where retired pastor Frank Silver and his wife Mary highlighted some of the challenges they encountered on vicarage and first placement and encouraged the students to be patient and faithful.

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Golf is More than a Game

The Winning Team!

The Winning Team!

Golf is More than a Game. … At least it is for dedicated players. Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary thanked the supporters of the game for their commitment to the cause of preparing servants for God’s mission, since the tournament is also one of the major annual fund-raisers.

On Monday, 1 June, the 83 golfers got ready for a shotgun start in 2015 Tournament held at Sawmill Golf Course, just outside of St. Catharines. Although cloudy, and a little cooler than usual, the rain stayed away. The day ended with a delicious chicken and rib dinner and the awarding of prizes.

Seminary President Dr Thomas Winger thanked everyone for their support and introduced a few present who have played in every tournament. But equally exciting was to see a number of younger, first-time participants. Special thanks to the club, the hole sponsors, the prize donors, and Linda Lantz, the seminary’s Administrative Assistant, for ensuring another successful tournament this year.

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Call Service 2015

Blessed is the man whose delight is in the Word of the Lord.

Front (l to r): Joseph Sing, James Preus; Back (l to r): Milton Lam, Andrew Preus, Paul Schulz; Absent: Jeff Swords

Front (l to r): Joseph Sing, James Preus; Back (l to r): Milton Lam, Andrew Cottrill, Paul Schulz; Absent: Jeff Swords

Just when candidates and vicars thought they might get a break, Rev. Stephen Preus, brother of one of the graduates, reminded them in his sermon on II Corinthians 13:1-14: “Test yourselves” if you want to be faithful servants of the Lord for His Church. He added, this might prove difficult at times, since few in the world want to hear about their sins or the need for grace alone; but it is necessary. As all were reminded in the collects, vicars need practice, so “all may see your progress,” and candidates were urged to pay careful attention to themselves and “to all the flock in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.”

The hymns and readings at the Placement and Call Service for the three vicars and three CLTS Call Service 2015candidates from Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, held Saturday, 30 May 2015, the Eve of Holy Trinity, at Christ Lutheran Church, likewise reflected on such readiness to serve by one prepared to “meditate on His Word day and night.” In attendance were 165 people, and at least 50 took advantage of the live-streaming. The Seminary Guild hosted a reception for all after the service.

This annual spring ritual encourages the eager vicars and newly-certified candidates and assigns them their placements and calls. Andrew Cottrill will serve Christ Lutheran Church in Timmins, Ontario, under the supervision of Rev. David Smilek. Milton Lam heads west to Winkler, Manitoba, where he will serve Trinity Lutheran under the supervision of Rev. Alex Klages. Paul Schulz was assigned to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Terre Haute, Indiana, to work with Rev. Jacob R. Sutton. Receiving their first placements to serve as pastors were James Preus, to Trinity, Ottumwa, Iowa; Joseph Singh (a PAT graduate) to Assistant Pastor at Our Saviour, Etobicoke, Ontario; and Jeff Swords to St. John Lutheran, Angola, New York. An Edmonton graduate, Aaron Astley, will fill the nearby vacancy at Redeemer, Hamilton/Christ Our Saviour, Grimsby, Ontario. East District President, Rev. Paul Zabel and Eastern District representative, Rev. Alan Bauch, presented each student with their documents and welcomed them into the respective synods.

Dr Jim Keller (LBTC) with Mr Gord Martins, Delta Chi recipient

Dr Jim Keller (LBTC) with Mr Gord Martins, Delta Chi recipient

In addition to encouraging these new servants, the worship service also recognized individuals for past service. Mr Gordon Martens, from Warman, Saskatchewan, received the Delta Chi Medal. He has been active in his congregation and community and also by serving on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Bible Translators–Canada. Seminary President, Dr. Thomas Winger, also paused to wish Godspeed and farewell to Dr William Mundt on retiring from 15 years of full-time service to Concordia. This coincides with the 40th anniversary of his ordination.

More photos are available here.

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Farewell and Godspeed to Dr Bill Mundt

Dr Bill Mundt Retirement DinnerWhen he was a young pastor in his first parish–Grace Lutheran Church in north St. Catharines–Rev. Bill Mundt worked with a few other Niagara area pastors on our fledgling seminary. In 1976 it was an extension site of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne. Fast forward to 2000 and the newly “Doctored” Bill Mundt was called onto the faculty to teach dogmatics and evangelism.

After fifteen years of teaching, serving also at various times as Academic Dean, Dean of Students, Director of Field Education, Vicarage, and Placement, and Director of Development, Dr Mundt is now retiring from full-time service–though not from the ministry of Christ’s church in Canada.

Dr Bill Mundt Retirement DinnerOn Friday, 29 May, a crowd of 65 friends and colleagues gathered at Hernder Estates Wines for dinner in his honour. Dr Mundt was given a well-deserved roasting from CLTS Board of Regents chairman Rev. Robert Krestick, East District President Rev. Paul Zabel, faculty colleague Dr Wilhelm Torgerson, and Emeritus President Dr Jonathan Grothe.

CLTS Call Service 2015On Saturday, 30 May, President Dr Thomas Winger invoked the Word of God and prayer to bid farewell and Godspeed to Dr Mundt during the seminary’s annual call service.

More photos of the retirement dinner are available here.

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Call Service Livestream 2015

2013 Call Service 4-4x6The seminary’s annual Call Service takes place on Saturday, 30 May 2015, 4:00pm, at Christ Lutheran Church, St. Catharines. We plan to broadcast the service live by webcam. If you would like to watch, follow the link below.

A recording will be available after the event until 25 June.

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Q & A with Dr Thomas Winger, Author of Ephesians Concordia Commentary

Q and A on EphesiansThe Concordia Academic blog recently posted an interview with CLTS President Dr Thomas Winger about his commentary on Ephesians. Read the whole story here:

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“You Then, My Son”: Pastoral Perspectives on Paul

Ephesians_poster_for_Winger_eventWe invite you to join us on Monday, 14 September 2015, to celebrate CPH’s release of Dr Winger’s long-awaited commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians with a conference on the Apostle Paul’s message to the Church of our day.

  • 9:00 am Matins (Dr Roger Winger)
  • 9:30 am Revd Warren Hamp, Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Kitchener
  • 10:45 am Dr Stephen Westerholm, Professor, Religious Studies, McMaster University
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm Revd Esko Murto, Visiting Scholar
  • 2:45 pm Dr Thomas Winger, President, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • 4:00 pm Vespers (Revd Kurt Reinhardt)
  • 5:30 pm Dinner at Alfie’s Trough; limited number of tickets available, $35.

Complimentary lunch will be provided at the expense of the Seminary Guild. Please register before 1 September by telephoning (905-688-2362 x22) or emailing ( the seminary.

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Dr Winger’s Concordia Commentary on Ephesians Released

The Twenty-Eighth Volume in the Landmark Concordia Commentary Series Has Been Released


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Ephesians CC coverEphesians–Concordia Commentary Is Released by Concordia Publishing House

Saint Louis, MO Ephesians, the twenty-eighth volume in the landmark Concordia Commentary series, has been released. Written by Dr. Thomas Winger, this volume is a veritable compendium of St. Paul’s theology. Dr. Winger’s commentary unfolds the mysteries of the Gospel through meticulous analysis of the Greek text and reverent exposition of the epistle’s proclamation of Christ and His gifts for the sake of the Church.

Winger’s commentary addresses such timeless topics as our eternal election in Christ; salvation by grace through faith apart from works; one Lord, one faith, one Baptism; the gift of the Holy Ministry; the Christological meaning of marriage; and the resplendent armor of God, which we so desperately require in this time of spiritual peril.

Critical Acclaim for Ephesians

“We are gifted with an excellent and reliable explanation of this letter. There is no question that Dr. Winger does not take up. He removes prejudices and opens our eyes to aspects and insights we had never noticed before. We have a sound teaching of apostolic Christology before us and will learn a lot about Baptism, ministry, and the Church—right from the apostle’s writing. St. Paul is speaking to us again, quite directly.

Years of intensive research and study lie behind this commentary. This solid, profound, and fascinating scholarly work is worthy of study, extremely helpful for preaching and teaching, and urgently needed in our day. I wish it would be in the hands of every pastor, teacher, and student, for it is a great gift to the church.”

—Dr. Jobst Schöne, Bishop Emeritus of the Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche (Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church), Germany

“Prof. Winger, a learned and sedulous scholar, has worked hard to produce this volume. I appreciate his manner of dealing thoroughly with classic scholarship. This solid volume will take a special place on my bookshelf. I warmly recommend it to everyone who appreciates both biblical and Lutheran theology.”

—Dr. Erkki Koskenniemi, Adjunct Professor, Finland (Åbo Akademi University, University of Helsinki, and University of Eastern Finland)

“If you want a commentary that takes a traditional approach to Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians—no pseudonymous author here—and one that takes seriously both the Greek and the deep theology of this profound letter, then this is your commentary. Tom is fair in his assessment of positions but you always know where he stands. This is a great addition to the series.”

—Dr. James W. Voelz, Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis

Order Ephesians – Concordia Commentary now through For more information, or to arrange an interview with the author, contact Lindsey Martie, CPH Public Relations, (314) 268-1303.

About Dr. Thomas Winger

Thomas M. Winger is president of and professor at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Winger is the author of dozens of articles, many published in Lutheran Theological Review; the (co)editor of three books; and a contributor to The Lutheran Study Bible.

About the Concordia Commentary Series

Birthed in the Lutheran tradition and nurtured in historical and linguistic scholarship, the Concordia Commentary series takes seriously the Word of God for the church today. Each volume in the series is designed to enable professors, pastors, and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text.

About Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For 145 years, CPH has been providing individuals, churches, and schools with products that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. From books and Bibles to church supplies, curriculum, and software, CPH offers more than 8,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at

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Amber and Jade …

The Amber and Jade Tour, 22 April 2015, Grace Lutheran Church, St. Catharinesare not only precious stones, they are also fine entertainers, as those who attended their concert on 22 April at Grace Lutheran Church in St. Catharines discovered. Area youth were invited to dine with 2015 Juno nominee Chelsea Amber and 2014 covenant nominee Jennifer Jade Kerr prior to their benefit concert, which was presented on behalf of the seminary and co-hosted by Grace.

Jennifer and Chelsea sang a variety of solos and duets, traditional and contemporary songs focussing on the role faith plays in their lives and ought to play in ours. Rev. Richard Juritsch began the evening with a welcome and prayer. Seminary President Dr. Thomas The Amber and Jade Tour, 22 April 2015, Grace Lutheran Church, St. CatharinesWinger brought greetings during the intermission. Refreshments and fellowship followed. Special thanks to Rev. Juritsch for providing the meal and to Linda Lantz for organising the event and providing accommodations for the duo.


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Dr William Mundt Retirement Dinner

TMW140507-02-4x6Rev. Dr William F. Mundt, who entered into full-time service at the seminary in August 2000, will retire from his post as Associate Professor of Theology in June 2015. Dr Mundt was also active in the seminary’s early days when he was pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, St. Catharines.

The Board of Regents, faculty, and staff of CLTS will honour Dr Mundt with a festive dinner at Hernder Estate Wines, St. Catharines, on Friday, 29 May, 6pm. A limited number of tickets are available to friends, family, and former parishioners who would like to join in the event. Please contact Linda Lantz (, or 905-688-2362 x22) to reserve a $35 ticket by 20 May.

Please join the seminary for the annual Call Service on Saturday, 30 May, 4pm, at Christ Lutheran Church, 140 Russell Ave, St. Catharines, where, in addition to candidate and vicarage placements, Dr Mundt will be honoured for his faithful service.

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