James F. Korthals served Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary as Professor of Church History and Homiletics from 1997 to 2017. He retired from the faculty on August 31, 2017. From 1976 to 1981 he served congregations in Michigan. He then served as history professor at Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin, 1981 - 1994. He served a congregation in Oregon, Wisconsin from 1994 until his arrival on the seminary campus in 1997.