Candidate Kurt Schultz Placed, To Be Ordained

TMW110325-11 (Schultz)CLTS student Kurt Schultz was certified for the holy ministry at the seminary’s Call Service on Saturday, 28 May 2016. At the time, his placement into a congregation was pending.

We are pleased, by the grace of God, to announce that Kurt has been commended to the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and has been placed to First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 470 North Main St, Wellsville, NY.

Kurt will be ordained on Saturday, 10 September 2016, 11:30am. A luncheon will follow. Please help to ensure enough food ‎is prepared by letting Kurt Schultz ( know if you plan to attend and stay for the luncheon.

The seminary community joins Christ’s whole church in praying the blessing of His Spirit upon Kurt in his new vocation.

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Lutheran Pastor’s Desk Diary

00_COVER_2009We are sorry to announce that 2016 was the last year of publication for the Pastor’s Desk Diary. Thrivent Financial in the US have provided us with files to edit for the Canadian context over the past decade or so. But recently they announced to us that they are discontinuing the diary. We do not have the resources to produce it on our own.

We will, however, continue to provide the poster-sized liturgical calendar to all LCC congregations. This is valued by pastors, altar guilds, and musicians as a handy way to plan out the seasons.

If you are looking for a replacement for the desk diary that covers the LSB lectionary, you may wish to consider an electronic alternative. The iCal produced annually by CPH and provided for free can be viewed online or subscribed via a calendar programme or app on a smartphone:

For other Lutherans using the Revised Common Lectionary, see

For the WELS lectionary see

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

CLTSSpringNewsletter2016(cover)The seminary’s latest newsletter has been printed and is on its way to all congregations in Lutheran Church–Canada. But you don’t have to wait. Read it now here. There are stories about our graduates, students, and faculty.

Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support. If you wish to donate to the important work of preparing pastors for Christ’s mission through Canada Helps, click here.

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Golfers Celebrate 25th Year of Seminary Tournament

On a beautiful, but windy spring Monday, 6 June 2016, eighty-eight golfers descended on the Sawmill Golf Course in Fenwick, Ontario, for the seminary’s annual golf tournament. There was the usual enjoyment of a best-ball game, a BBQ lunch, and a buffet supper.

Prize winners

Prize winners

Prizes went to the winner of a putting contest, the longest drive, and closest to the pin. Alas, no one claimed the $10,000 hole-in-one prize on offer from Intact Insurance!

But what made it an extra special day was the celebration of the tournament’s 25th anniversary. Glenn Stresman, who as the seminary’s Development Officer founded the competition in 1992, was on hand with an anniversary team of original golfers.

Original participants from 1992

Original participants from 1992

Many thanks go out to FaithLife Financial and the RaeLipskie Partnership for sponsoring the meal, to our numerous hole sponsors, and especially to the Julie family for being such generous and hospitable hosts.

More photos are available here.


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Seminary Call Service 2016


CLTS Call Service 2016

Warm hearts were met with equally warm weather when mercury rose to over 35 degrees Celsius in St. Catharines on the day of the Call Service. Gathering students, their friends and family members, faculty and staff, and friends of the seminary, the service held in Grace Lutheran Church saw approximately 100 attendees joining together in praise and prayer over the Church and her future ministers. The liturgy of the vespers service was led by Rev. Esko Murto of the seminary faculty, with Rev. Alan Bauch (CLTS alumnus 2005) preaching.

In the presence of the synodical representatives Rev. Paul Zabel (East District President, LCC) and Rev. Alan Bauch (Eastern District, LCMS), the president of the seminary, Dr Thomas Winger, certified two graduating students: Milton Lam and Kurt Schultz. Mr Lam has received a call to serve Christ Lutheran Church in Timmins, Ontario. Mr Schultz will wait to be placed hopefully later in the summer. Seminarian Kirk Radford was assigned to serve as vicar at Family of God Lutheran Church, Detroit, Michigan. Dr Winger also announced that the colloquy student Jung Hun “Justin” Park (LCMS, English District, Toronto) has completed the work set by the colloquy board, and will hopefully receive a call in June.

CLTS Call Service 2016: Delta Chi Award, Stephen Klinck

Dr Winger and Mr Stephen Klinck, the recipient of Delta Chi

As part of the festivities, awards of recognition were given out. The highest award issued by the Seminary, the Delta Chi award was presented to Mr Stephen Klinck, noting especially his sustained work in Lutheran Hour Ministries. With the Delta Chi Medal, Concordia Theological Seminary wants to honour individuals for the work done in the service of the whole Church.

Dr David Goicoecchea

Dr David Goicoechea

Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary was also happy to present the Friend of the Seminary award to professor emeritus of Brock University, Dr David Goicoechea. With this award, CLTS recognizes Dr Goicoechea’s instrumental role in building connections between the seminary and the philosophy department of the university.



CLTS Call Service 2016: Schappert Award, Kirk Radford

Kent Schappert, Renate and Kirk Radford, Rev. Torgerson

The Nadine and Kent Schappert Family Fund Award for Pastoral Care, given annually to a seminarian especially distinguished in practical theology and pastoral mindset was given this year to seminarian Kirk Radford.



CLTS Call Service 2016

From the left: Dr Winger, Jung Hun Park, Dr Stephenson, Rev. Murto, Kurt Schultz, Milton Lam, Rev. Alan Bauch, Kirk Radford, Rev. Wilhelm Torgerson, Rev. Duane Peters, Dr William Mundt

Photos can be downloaded from the seminary’s gallery here.



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Historic Translation and Essay Published by Faculty

Wittenberg Reformation Cover2 (pub)Our seminary is pleased to announce the publication of the first English translation of a significant 16th-century Lutheran document.

The Wittenberg Reformation (1545) was written by Philipp Melanchthon at the behest of Elector John Frederick, in response to a request from Emperor Charles V that each estate should give an account of reformation in their territory. It was signed by Martin Luther and the other major Reformation leaders in Wittenberg, and serves as a commentary on the Augsburg Confession, explaining how it was to be put into practice. It appears here for the first time in English translation, by Dr John R. Stephenson.

The translation is accompanied by “The Household of God: Observations on ‘Church’ in the New Testament and the City of Ephesus”, by Dr Thomas M. Winger. This exegetical essay was presented to the LCC East District Pastors’ Conference in April 2016.

Both writings are offered as a modest contribution to the 500th anniversary festivities of the Lutheran Reformation. They are also timely as Lutheran Church–Canada enters into a re-structuring process to be completed in the Reformation anniversary year. While God has not ordained a particular church structure, the Holy Scriptures and our Lutheran heritage have much to teach us as we put theology into practice.

The slim volume is available in the seminary bookstore for local customers ($11.95), and can be ordered online by print-on-demand publishing ($9.95+shipping):

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Pastoral, Vicarage, and Diaconal Placements 2016

At the sacred convocation of Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton (26 May), and the Call Service of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines (28 May), the following placements were announced. More news and photos will follow later.

Pastoral Candidate Placements

Keith Hoveland (CLS)…………………. Zion Lutheran Church, Golden Spike, Alberta

Milton Lam (CLTS)………………………. Christ Lutheran Church, Timmins, Ontario

Kurt Schultz (CLTS)…………………….. Placement pending

Vicarage Placements

Scott Brayall (CLS)………………………. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Didsbury, Alberta

Kai Buck (CLS)……………………………… Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Dryden, Ontario

Andrew MacDonald (CLS)…………. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winkler, Manitoba

Kirk Radford (CLTS)…………………… Family of God Lutheran Church, Detroit, Michigan

Will Rose (CLS)…………………………….. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Valleyview, Alberta

Diaconal Placements

Kaitlin Schmitz (CUCA)………………. Faith Lutheran Church, Grand Prairie, Alberta


Rev. Oleksiy Navrotskyy, a missionary for Lutheran Church–Canada in Ukraine, completed his MDiv at CLS and will be returning to the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine.

Rev. Jung Hun (Justin) Park of Toronto, Ontario, completed a year of residential studies at CLTS for the colloquy programme of the LCMS (English District) and will be commended for a call in June.

CLS = Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton, Alberta

CLTS = Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario

CUCA = Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (now Concordia University Edmonton)

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Call Service Livestream 2016

The seminary’s annual Call Service takes place on Saturday, 28 May 2016, 4:00pm, at Grace 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 26 June.

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Seminary Community welcomed the Summer with a BBQ

CLTS End of Year BBQ 2016

The Niagara Spring pampered the seminary community with warm weather and the blooming nature’s lush greenness.

CLTS End of Year BBQ 2016

Spirits ran high on the 20th of May when the students, staff and faculty of CLTS with their families gathered to celebrate the end of the school year with a barbecue on the seminary grounds. The warm Friday afternoon get together consisted of grilled burgers and sausage, potluck salads and desserts, laughs, stories, catching up, games, and children running on the grass with floral crowns made of dandelions (always so readily available).


The day also marked the end of the Spring short term course on C. S. Lewis under the title “True Fantasies and Fantastic Truths”. While some students still work on finishing their papers, with classwork and lectures finished the seminary now enters the period of recovery, planning and administration in order to be prepared for the beginning of the new academic year in the Autumn.


CLTS End of Year BBQ 2016

Viking Chess (or ‘Kubb’) spurred fierce competition in the noble art of throwing sticks to knock down the opponent’s game pieces.

Striving to be a community that not only works, studies and prays together, but also rejoices in the good gifts of creation with each other, the seminary has much to be thankful at the close of this season. The Lord has been good to us!

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Call Process Update

Rev. Paul Elliott of Cincinnati, Ohio, has announced that he has decided to decline the call to be Professor of Theology (Old Testament) at this seminary. We pray the Lord’s continued blessing on his ministry, teaching, and studies.

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