Baltz Named Seminary President
The Board of Directors of the Institute of Lutheran Theology
Dr. Frederick W. Baltz
unanimously elected Dr. Frederick W. Baltz
as the seminary's Interim President.
Dr. Baltz is Pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Galena, IL, and will remain in that position while also leading the seminary.
In Dr. Baltz accepting this position, St. Matthew Lutheran Church takes its place as part of the nation-wide ILT campus, sharing their pastor with the Institute, and at the same time receiving some of the real blessings that will come from a close connection with the seminary.
"This can open doors for the church like we haven't yet seen," says Dr. Baltz
The founding President and current Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Dennis Bielfeldt said, "The entire staff are all very excited to have Dr. Baltz assuming the position of Interim President and I personally look forward to Dr. Baltz leadership and the opportunity to refocus my responsibilities as ILT's chief academic officer."
presented a sixteen-point proposal to the ILT
Board to emphasize evangelical outreach at ILT
to an extent not yet done by any mainline seminary.
The Board gave its approval when it elected Baltz Interim President.
"It is very exciting that St. Matthew Lutheran Church
in Galena will have an opportunity to help tomorrow's pastors through this relationship," Baltz
"What congregation gets a chance like this?
It is history-making.
The church will soon begin reaping the benefits that will, I think, surprise them.
We are looking at mission opportunities around the world for members and friends of this congregation, made possible by this cooperative effort with ILT
Baltz has been a parish pastor for thirty-three years, and has written confirmation curriculum as well as a number of books on various subjects including: As of First Importance: A Theology and Practice of Evangelism for Mainline Churches; The Mystery of the Beloved Disciple: New Evidence, Complete Answer; and Views of Baptism.