On May 21, 2021, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary held its graduation service. President Earle Treptow based his sermon on the class passage, Hebrews 12:1-3, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
This year, 28 seniors received their diplomas from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. In addition, two pastors received their Master of Sacred Theology degrees: Hamusonde Salimo Hachibamba from Lusaka, Zambia, Africa, and Aaron Jensen from Adrian, MI. Souksamay Phetsanghane, a 2020 STM graduate, received his diploma at this service, because there wasn’t an in-person service held last year.
At the conclusion of the service, retiring professor John Brenner was honored for his 44 years of ministry to WELS since his graduation in 1977. Seminary Board Chairman, Pastor Jonathan Scharf told him, “Thank you. We thank God for you. Your 30 years of teaching here have been a blessing to a generation of pastors and to the synod at large. Your calm, cool, and stable demeanor along with that sense of humor and laugh that you cannot help but answer have helped to build an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect on this campus that is hard to rival anywhere.”
In-person attendance was limited to family and friends of the graduates. Across the country and the world, people joined virtually to celebrate God answering prayers for more workers in the harvest field.