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Pastor Eric Riesen Stepping Down in January 2025

Pastor Eric Riesen Stepping Down

The North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS) announces that President, Rev. Dr. Eric M. Riesen, will step down in January 2025 to focus on other vocations and projects. Appointed in January 2020, Dr. Riesen has been a dedicated leader, significantly contributing to the seminary’s growth and spiritual mission. The Board of Regents will begin the search for his successor, ensuring continued excellence at NALS.

Dr. David Luy Speaking at Pro-Ecclesia

Dr. Luy Speaking at Pro-Ecclesia

We are delighted to announce that Dr. David Luy, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS), will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Pro-Ecclesia conference in June. The conference theme, “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic? Championing the Marks of the Church in an Age of Polarization and Ecclesial Confusion,” addresses pressing issues facing clergy and laity in today’s ecclesiastical landscape.

Common Roots: Ancient Evangelical Future Conference

TSM Common Roots Conference

Check out the Common Roots Conference by Trinity School for Ministry (TSM). Join us June 6–7, 2024, as we explore the profound value of time in shaping our Christian journey. Registration opens March 25th. Embrace the opportunity to view time not as an enemy, but as an ally in our quest for spiritual formation.

2024 June InterTerm

2024 June InterTerm

Join us from June 10th to June 14th for an enriching exploration of “Word and Sacrament Mission in a Post-Christian World” on the campus of Trinity School for Ministry (TSM) in Ambridge, PA. Led by the Rev. Canon Dr. Dan Alger, this transformative course will delve deep into the challenges and opportunities of spreading the Gospel in today’s rapidly changing landscape. Don’t miss this chance to deepen your understanding of what it means to be Mission Driven and connect with fellow NALS students and NALC pastors.

From the President

In his letter, President Riesen welcomes readers to the inaugural issue of Word & Sacrament, the magazine of North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS). He highlights the unique aspects of NALS, including its commitment to confessional education, ecumenical partnerships, and the formation of leaders for the North American Lutheran Church. Gratitude is expressed to supporters and faculty, emphasizing the transformative work of God.

From the Editor

To what has God “called” us as human beings? As Christians? What is the difference between vocation and occupation? What does it mean to receive a vocation to ministry? To marriage? To engineering? To public service? Is the ministerial vocation superior to others? How can vocation be costly? In our inaugural issue of Word & Sacrament, the Magazine of the North American Lutheran Seminary, we start where all pastors in the North American Lutheran Church must start, serve, and finish: with vocation.