The Rev. Dr. Eric M. Riesen, NALS President
It has been my great joy to be called as the president of the North American Lutheran Seminary. Our goal is to lift up the next generation of pastors for the North American Lutheran Church. There is a great need for future pastors, and the formation of these pastors is absolutely crucial for the health of Christ’s Church.
The North American Lutheran Seminary is our seminary. We are evangelical, confessional and catholic. With God’s help and your prayers, we really can become the finest theological system in North America.
You are our partners in this mission and there are ways you can help. First, please pray for the seminary and our students. Pray that God would call men and women to serve, and pray that they would be open to His call. Second, the best “pipeline” we have to recruit candidates is through our congregations. Therefore, please prayerfully and actively seek out qualified candidates to serve as ordained pastors and lay professionals. Third, please consider providing regular and sacrificial financial support for the seminary. Seminary education is expensive. We cannot have our students leaving seminary with onerous debt. Finally, pray some more. All ministry is futile unless God brings His blessing. As the psalmist says, “Unless the LORD builds the house [or seminary], those who build it labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1 ESV).
Thank you for your prayers and support.
NALS Board of Regents
The NALS Board of Regents is a group of nine to 12 people who commit their time and talents to act as the governing body of the North American Lutheran Seminary. Among their numerous duties, the Board of Regents appoint, advise, and evaluate the president of the NALS and also determine the hiring of faculty members and staff persons.
Ms. Donna Evans is a long-term veteran in the public relations/advertising industry. While serving as SVP and director of Burson-Marsteller’s Pittsburgh Public Affairs practice, she earned multiple industry awards for her domestic and international work. Ms. Evans retired from the PR business to raise her children and currently serves her congregation as its Director of Family Ministry. She served on the founding board of the NALS. “Preparing faithful teachers, pastors and theologians is of paramount importance to me—both for the future of the NALC and for my children.”
The Rev. Dr. Jeffray Greene has been ordained 31 years, serving congregations in Arizona, California, Illinois, and Georgia. He holds an M.Div. from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA and Ph.D. in Church Administration from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, Evansville, IN.
I’ve served Christ Jesus and His church, really my whole life, but as a “called” servant for over 30 years and as an ordained pastor for over a decade. My husband for 35+ years is a clergy person also, and we have four grown children. I passionately hope that all God’s people live hearing the Holy Spirit’s call to ministry in daily life and knowing their part in Jesus’ body. I so desire to train competent and confident servants for Jesus’ Gospel ministry in our present time, multiplying God’s army of workers. That’s why I love the NALS and serving on its board!
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Krueger has served in parish ministry for 31 years, ranging from mission-developer to Senior Pastor of a vibrant multi-staff parish. In addition to thriving parish ministries, he has worked with multi- denominational organizations in Youth, Leadership, and Disaster Response prior to beginning a role as Senior Development Officer for the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, an organization helping nearly 1300 at-risk children and their families from across the nation find hope and healing in Christ. Dr. Krueger also serves as a lead trainer for Tentmaker’s Leadership Training, holds a Master’s Degree from Concordia Theological Seminary and a Doctorate Degree in Missional Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the recipient of numerous community leadership awards and brings these experiences to the work of the North American Lutheran Seminary. Paul is married to Susann and together they make their home in Minot, North Dakota.
Rev. Lehman received his MDiv from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA and was ordained on June 3, 1979, at St. John Lutheran Church, Milford, IL. He has served congregations in New Douglas, Clifton, Pontiac, and Thomasboro, IL, as well as serving on the Executive Council of the NALC and supervising nine seminarians on their internship from three different seminaries.
Bruce Randolph has been in communications for four decades. His professional path has included executive management, technical design/installation, writing and editing. From digital prepress, radio, web, television, and consulting, he has enjoyed a diverse career which includes his consulting company.
Eric heard the call to pastoral ministry when he came to Christ at the age of 23. He earned his MDiv. from Yale Divinity School (1999) and a DMin. in Biblical Preaching from Luther Seminary (2008). He has served as an Associate Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND, and Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Columbus, OH. He currently serves as Senior Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Boerne, TX, outside of San Antonio. Eric and Michelle have been married for 23 years and are blessed with six children, ages 8 to 19.
Roger Weyersberg has served as a life-long music educator having served students in grades six through university age for the past 49 years. Since the formation of the NALC, he as been keenly interested in the seminary, its workings and most importantly, the students who are in attendance. Redeemer Lutheran in Owosso, Michigan is his home congregation where he enjoys serving his brothers and sisters in Christ and his community. At Christmas, you’ll
find Roger sharing the true meaning of Christmas while embracing the role of Santa.
Mrs. Patty A. Forrest
Administrative Coordinator to the NALS President
Patty comes to the NALS with over 17 years in administration in higher education. She is honored to serve both current and future students, pastors, and lay leaders in this role at the NALS.
“Do small things with great love.”