Professors Korthals and Tiefel celebrate 40th anniversary in the ministry



At a special chapel service on Oct. 21, family, students, and faculty celebrated the 40th anniversary in the ministry of both Professor James Korthals and Professor James Tiefel.


Professor Korthals graduated from the seminary in 1976 and was assigned to serve at St. Paul, Stevensville, Mich. In 1980 he accepted a call to serve Mt. Sinai, Montrose, Mich. He served at Northwestern College from 1981-1994. He then served at Faith, Oregon, Wis., for three years. He joined seminary faculty in 1997, teaching church history and homiletics. He has also served as the seminary’s academic dean for six years and currently serves on our synod’s Reformation 500 Committee.

Prof. Korthals and his wife, Jean, have three children and ten grandchildren.


Professor Tiefel graduated from the seminary in 1976 and was assigned to St. Paul, Saginaw, Mich., where he served for nine years. In 1985 he was called to teach liturgics and Christian education at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Currently, he teaches courses in worship and homiletics, serves as the seminary’s dean of chapel and director of student field services, and directs the Seminary Chorus.

In 1984 Prof. Tiefel was appointed to the Joint Hymnal Committee and also served on the Commission on Worship for 25 years. He has been instrumental in the planning of the WELS National Worship Conferences.  Since 1986 he has been pulpit assistant at Grace Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and since 1994 has served as Minister of Music at Grace.

Prof. Tiefel and his wife, Brenda, have three sons and five grandchildren.