What’s happening in Wittenberg?

Thu, May 10, 2012


Rev. David Mahsman gives an introduction outside the “Old Latin School.”

This post was shared Rev. David Mahsman, director of special assignments in Eurasia. 

“One thing that has me excited about our new plans for Wittenberg’s “Old Latin School” is that we will have our own education program there. The school building, dedicated in 1564, in the last 100 years has been a publishing plant, a clothing factory, and an eyesore.

“Now it has a future once again as an attractive building in the heart of old Wittenberg where the Christian faith is taught and upheld. This won’t be only a place where students can stay during study-abroad programs, but it will be a place where we will welcome people from all walks of life and help them learn about the Christian faith, grow in their own
faith, and gain appreciation for what God did in this very town to restore the Gospel through Martin Luther some 500 years ago.

“I’m also excited about the people who are working on the education program for Wittenberg—some of the top education people in the Synod! Convening this special committee is Dr. Jack Preus, former president of Concordia University, Irvine, Calif., and currently executive vice president for mission advancement with Bethesda Lutheran Communities. Two current university presidents also are on the committee: Dr. Patrick Ferry of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, and Dr. Brian Friedrich of Concordia University Nebraska, Seward.

“After these three met in January to lay the ground work for the committee, they recruited others to join them: Dr. Cameron MacKenzie, professor and chairman of historical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Dr. Timothy Quill, director of international theological education for the LCMS; Rev. Greg Seltz, speaker for The Lutheran Hour who also has speaker for The Lutheran Hour who also has significant experience with academic programs; and Dr. Lisa Keyne, executive director at North Carolina Campus Compact, an expert in education management and an LCMS director of Christian education.

“Subcommittees are being recruited now to prepare programs for a broad audience, from scholars and university students, to lay people and pilgrims, as well as those who may not be Christian but who want to learn about this man Martin Luther, who is so famous and important for Germany and the world.

“We hope to have some programs in place by this fall. But we will be going full tilt and seeing our greatest contribution once our building is renovated and fully operational. So, there’s much more to come!”

  • Read more about Wittenberg and plans to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
  • Support Rev. David Mahsman’s work with the Wittenberg Project.


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