WELS Professor Armin J. Panning

Professor Armin J. Panning

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Armin J. Panning (1931-2019) Seminary President (1985-1996)   By Paul T. Prange   Armin John Panning was a man who knew how things worked. The son of a farmer, William Panning, and Frieda nee Bode, it wasn’t long…
WELS Professor Armin Schuetze

Professor Armin Schuetze

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Armin W. Schuetze (1917-2020) Seminary President (1978-1985)   By Joel D. Otto   Armin William Schuetze has seen and experienced profound changes during his life – in the world, in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran…
Professor Carl Lawrenz

Professor Carl Lawrenz

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Carl J. Lawrenz (1908-1989) Seminary President (1957-1978)   By John C. Lawrenz   My father, Carl John Lawrenz, served as president of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary from 1957-1978 and on its faculty from 1944-1982. These…
Professor Edmund ReimReim

Professor Edmund Reim

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Edmund Reim (1892-1969) Seminary President (1953-1957)   By Richard D. Balge   When Adolph Reim graduated from the seminary, he and a classmate volunteered to serve as instructors at the recently founded Dr. Martin Luther…
Professor John P. Meyer

Professor John P. Meyer

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Johann Peter Carl Meyer (1873-1948) Seminary President (1937-1953)   By John M. Brenner   Few men have had as much impact on the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) as Professor John Meyer. He served in the public…
WELS Professor John Schaller

Professor John Schaller

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John Schaller (1859-1920) Seminary Director (1908-1920) By Jeremiah J. Gumm   The story of Johannes Schaller begins on a cold December day in the parsonage of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis, where his father, Gottlieb…
Professor August Pieper

Professor August Pieper

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August Pieper (1857-1946) Seminary Director (1929-1937)   By Thomas J. Jeske   Who was August Otto Wilhelm Pieper? His people came from the northern rim of Europe, out of a small village named Karwitz, seven miles from…
WELS Professor John Philipp Koehler

Professor John Ph. Koehler

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John Philipp Koehler (1859-1951) Seminary Director (1920-1929)   By Peter M. Prange   John Philipp Julius Koehler was born at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on January 17, 1859, to Pastor Christian Philipp and Mrs. Apollonia…
WELS Professor Eduard Moldehnke

Professor Eduard Moldehnke

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Eduard Moldehnke (1836-1904) Seminary Director (1863-1866) By James F. Korthals   During the first decade of its existence (1850-1860) the Wisconsin Synod struggled to find solutions to a number of problems. At the top of…
WELS Professor Paul Ottow Wendlend

Professor Paul Otto Wendland

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Paul Otto Wendland (1953-present) Seminary President (2004-2019)    By John M. Brenner   Some men have experience in only one form of the public ministry; others have served in various ways. President Wendland fell…