New coordinator of Multi-Language Publications

Nathan Seiltz has accepted the call to serve as coordinator of WELS Multi-Language Publications. Seiltz will replace Paul Hartman, who is retiring after serving in this position for 14 years as well as 10 years as director of publications for Latin America missions prior to that.

Multi-Language Publications (MLP), sometimes referred to as the “hidden jewel” of WELS outreach, assists in the production of confessional Christian literature and other mass media in more than 45 different languages. Increasingly, MLP produces digital publications in addition to print publications.

Sean Young, director of Missions Operations, says, “Paul Hartman’s dedication and perseverance have helped MLP grow into what it is today. From the very beginning, Paul has nurtured and grown the portfolio of offerings within MLP and has worked tirelessly to ensure that the synod’s ‘hidden jewel’ gets uncovered and shared with everyone looking for solid material sharing the saving message.”

As Hartman reflects on his time at MLP, he notes, “The means by which gospel publications are presented to the world will change as World Missions strives to keep pace with rapid technological changes. But the message must remain faithful to Jesus Christ and his Word so that more people come to know him as their Lord and Savior.”

Seiltz will be charged with continuing to spread that message in as many languages as possible. A 1994 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., Seiltz is currently serving as principal at Evergreen Lutheran High School in Tacoma, Wash. His past service includes time as a world missionary in the Dominican Republic. In July 2014, he became chairman of the Europe Administrative Committee of the Board for World Missions.

As Seiltz transitions to his new role, the office of the MLP coordinator will move from El Paso, Texas, where much of MLP’s work is currently performed, to the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry in Waukesha, Wis.

Larry Schlomer, administrator of the WELS Board for World Missions, explains that having the MLP coordinator near other WELS resources that can support and strengthen the reach of its materials will be “a welcome connection.” Connecting with the missionaries and national workers who travel to the Center for Mission and Ministry also now will be easier.

As Schlomer notes, “It is time to make sure WELS sees and uses this gem. The treasure of materials, the experience of production, and the help of many brothers and sisters in many cultures is the strength MLP brings to WELS efforts to reach the lost in the world.”

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Volume 102, Number 4
Issue: April 2015

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