Rev. Mark Luetzow, pastor at Bethel, Bay City, Mich., has accepted the call to serve as the next president of Michigan Lutheran Seminary (MLS), Saginaw, Mich., one of two high schools in the WELS ministerial education system. He will be taking over for Rev. Joel Petermann, who after six years of serving as MLS president, took a call to Zion, Torrance, Calif.
“Pastor Luetzow combines the heart of a parish pastor with a keen understanding of the work of a preparatory school,” says Rev. Paul Prange, administrator for Ministerial Education.
When Luetzow as a young boy decided he wanted to pursue the ministry, his parents supported that path by sending him to Northwestern Preparatory School (now Luther Preparatory School) in Watertown, Wis. Luetzow has had a heart for the mission of the WELS ministerial education schools after his experience at Northwestern Preparatory School. “I’ve always had a deep love for our prep school system, and in some respects I feel like this is a neat way to give back to something that has given so much to us and the WELS members who have supported us,” he says.
He continues, “Michigan Lutheran Seminary has such a rich history, and it’s very much loved by its alumni and the district as a whole. I’m hoping that love for the prep school will continue to grow—and not just in Michigan but in the entire United States so that we can have a bigger reach.”
Luetzow has served as a parish pastor since 2003. He says he loves being a pastor, so it will only be natural for him to encourage others to do what he loves. “One of the things I’m looking forward to at MLS is being an encouraging voice for young men and women to consider full-time ministry for the Lord.”
Prange says, “In area after area, President Luetzow should be able to hit the ground running and advance the MLS mission of preparing high school students for the public ministry of the gospel.”
Luetzow will transition into the role of MLS president following this school year.
Prange says, “The synod gives thanks to God for Joel Petermann’s careful stewardship of the valuable resources at Michigan Lutheran Seminary. The whole Board for Ministerial Education appreciates his dedication to his work.”
Learn more about Michigan Lutheran Seminary at mlsem.org.