At a special chapel service on November 5, family, students, and faculty celebrated the 40th anniversary in the ministry of Professor John Schuetze.
Professor Schuetze graduated from the seminary in 1981 and was assigned to serve at St. John, Montrose, and St. Paul, Grand Junction, CO. He also served as pastor for Grace, Hot Springs, and Shepherd of the Hills, Custer, SD, and St. Matthew, Winona, MN. He was serving as a member of the seminary’s governing board when he was called to teach dogmatics and pastoral theology in 1997.
Professor Schuetze is the author of several books, such as the Doctor of Souls (a theology textbook) and Bible class courses, many focusing on the Christian family and Christian ethics. He served for many years on the board of Christian Life Resources and chaired its Foreign Ministry Committee. Together with his wife, he worked with a team that helped establish Christian Life Centers in Ukraine as a bridge ministry for the Ukrainian Lutheran Church. Prof. Schuetze has completed course work at the Spanish Institute of Puebla and assisted in the training of WLS students to serve in Hispanic outreach settings. He has also served on the governing board of Northwestern Publishing House, the Freedom for the Captives Committee, and as Chairman of the Committee on Mental Health Needs.
Professor Schuetze is the son of former seminary professor and president, Armin Schuetze. He and his wife, Joan, have four children and nine grandchildren.