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Wartburg Seminary appoints new president


DUBUQUE (KWWL) – Wartburg Theological Seminary Board of Directors elected its new president, Rev. Dr. Stanley N. Olson Thursday.

Olson has served since 2005 as the Executive Director of Vocation and Education in the churchwide offices of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). In this role he has provided leadership for the church's partnerships with its seminaries, colleges and universities, lifelong learning programs, outdoor ministries and campus ministries as well as supporting young adult and youth ministries and guiding the ELCA candidacy program.

Olson served as the Executive Director of the Division for Ministry of the ELCA from 2002 to 2005. Olson also served as bishop of the ELCA's Southwestern Minnesota Synod, senior pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Minnesota, and associate pastor of First Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minnesota. In the years between those parish calls, he served as a professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Olson was raised on farm near Eagle Grove, Iowa. He is a graduate of two ELCA colleges (Waldorf and St. Olaf) and of Luther Seminary. He holds a doctorate from Yale University where he wrote a dissertation on the New Testament. He is married to Nancy, who is an ELCA Associate in Ministry and is called as Member Care Coordinator for St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. She is an organist and has served as a parish music director and on the staff of a synodical resource center. The Olsons are the parents of two adult daughters.

Olson will begin his leadership for Wartburg Theological Seminary on January 1, 2011. He follows Interim President Rev. Dr. David Tiede, who has served at Wartburg since July 1, 2010.

Wartburg Theological Seminary is one of eight theological schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Wartburg is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and educates women and men to serve the church's mission as ordained and lay leaders. Established in Dubuque, Iowa in 1854, Wartburg Seminary is beginning its 157th academic year.


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