The Board of Directors (Regents), upon recommendation of President Winger, have extended a solemn call to Rev. Dr James A. Kellerman to join the seminary faculty. The decision was taken with prayer after interviewing candidates on Thursday, 28 April.
The call process began after Dr John Stephenson announced his intention to enter retirement at the end of December 2022. Dr Stephenson has served the seminary as a productive scholar, writer, and teaching theologian for 33 years, having joined the faculty as a young man in 1989.
Dr Kellerman is pastor of First Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Chicago, Illinois, where he has served for nearly 30 years. Previously he was Assistant Pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church, Chicago (1991–93). In those years he has also been a regular instructor at Concordia University Chicago (River Forest), chiefly teaching classical languages and biblical studies. He is a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne (MDiv 1988), and Loyola University Chicago, with two degrees in Classics (MA 1992; PhD 1996). Dr Kellerman is a native of Wichita, Kansas.
Please join us in praying for the Spirit’s wisdom as Dr Kellerman deliberates on the Lord’s will, and for the seminary as it seeks to do God’s will.