Following interviews on Wednesday, 2 November 2016, with the seminary president, the Board of Regents, and the electors of Lutheran Church–Canada, the Board of Regents extended solemn calls to two candidates to serve as professors of theology.
Rev. Esko Murto, STM, has been called to serve as Assistant Professor of Theology with a specialisation in Systematics. Rev. Murto is a native of Orivesi, Finland, and served as pastor of two congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland (2009-15). Since 2015 Rev. Murto has been a visiting professor at Concordia, St. Catharines. He holds an MTh from the University of Helsinki and an STM from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne. He will be married on 30 December 2016.
Rev. Harold Ristau, PhD, has been called to serve as Assistant Professor of Theology. Dr Ristau is a native of Kitchener, Ontario. He served as pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, Montreal (2001-06). Since 2006 he has been a chaplain in the Canadian Forces and now holds the rank of major. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies from McGill University. He is married, with five children.
With these two calls, the seminary would restore its faculty to its normal complement of four full-time men. We hope to be able to announce their answers to the calls within a few weeks.