The fifth annual Legacy Society luncheon was held on Sunday, April 2. This event recognizes those who have made planned gifts to the seminary or remembered the seminary in their will.
Student Phil Janisch talked about his path to the pastoral ministry. “How can a guy so young have a legacy?” he asked. He first credited his parents and their support. “My parents could have been millionaires if they hadn’t invested in my Christian education.” Still, it wasn’t simply their encouragement that led him to the ministry. “My legacy of brokenness made me want to be a pastor.” The legacy of physical brokenness from hemophilia as well as the legacy of spiritual brokenness left by Adam & Eve. “I have the legacy of the best message ever—that Jesus fixes and forgives all of our brokenness on the last day.” He then thanked everyone for their generous support. “You’ve enabled broken men like me to be a pastor. Your gifts and support give us professors, buildings, and books to learn from so that more people get to hear the message.”
Prof. Earle Treptow, seminary vice president, also thanked the Legacy Society members with the words “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25). “You might think it’s like Camelot every day here. That it’s awesome every moment because the students are always eager and the professors are always patient and kind,” he said. “Except, it’s not. Students and professors can get discouraged and disgruntled. Days like this and people like you refresh us. Thank you for refreshing us!”
For more information about our Legacy Society, visit http://www.wls.wels.net/friends/legacy-society/