FORT WAYNE – Dean O. Wenthe, former president of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, has been tapped for a larger role in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s system of higher education.
Wenthe, 69, will become president of the Concordia University System, which consists of 10 university and college campuses offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in 10 states.
A native of Effingham, Ill., Wenthe has been interim president of the system since October. The St. Louis-based-system does not include Concordia or other seminaries, said Jayne Sheafer, seminary spokeswoman. Wenthe will continue to teach at Concordia and live in Fort Wayne as he assumes his new post, she said.
The system’s institutions are in Alabama, California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin.
Wenthe was Concordia’s president from 1996 to 2011 and currently teaches exegetical theology. He joined the faculty in 1980 as a professor of Old Testament.
He has a master of arts and a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He received his master’s in theology from Princeton (N.J.) Theological Seminary in Princeton.
Wenthe was pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa, before coming to Fort Wayne. He also was assistant pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven.
He is a charter member of Shepherds United, a Fort Wayne religious coalition that supports traditional marriage and opposes abortion.