I had the pleasure of telling a congregation recently about my years at PLTS [1976-1981]. In my remembering they were “privileged“ years when the only task was to study and to stay alert under the mentorship of teachers, fellow students, and teaching parish supervisors.
The Seminary’s provision of this privileged time opened the promise of ordained ministry for me. My confirmation of call grew slowly and has never been separated from this community of care. Whether it was the call of the Holy Spirit or the special encouragement of a student named Susan has never been clear to me! No matter; for many of us the call was incarnate in the community itself.
It’s now my privilege to serve as a pastor and bishop of the church. From this vantage point PLTS is as valuable and important as it has ever been. PLTS is essential to the health of the Lutheran confession and our church!
—Bishop Martin Wells, MDiv ’81, recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Ministry for Special Service Award
The cost of funding theological education continues to increase. What’s at stake is nothing less than our church and our world. As a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, you have an interest in the future of the seminary and its part in raising up well-trained leaders today for the world tomorrow.