Festschrift Honors Rev. Dr. Dean O. Wenthe

Saint Louis, MO—Colleagues and peers are honoring Rev. Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, with a Festschrift, or “celebration publication,” in The Restoration of Creation of Christ. Written by fellow faculty and peers to celebrate Wenthe’s 40 years of service to Concordia Theological Seminary—Fort Wayne, this collection of essays not only illuminates the central accents of Wenthe’s teaching but also considers how God restores His creation, in Christ.

“For his more than forty years of service to this seminary, fifteen of which were spent as president of Concordia Theological Seminary, we can only give thanks to God, especially for Dr. Wenthe’s collegiality and the way in which he has embodied the CTS mission to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all.” says Lawrence R. Rast Jr., current president of Concordia Theological Seminary—Fort Wayne, in The Restoration of Creation in Christ.

The essays in The Restoration of Creation in Christ speak to Wenthe’s teaching as a biblical theologian. The Restoration of Creation in Christ: Essays in Honor of Dean O. Wenthe is available from Concordia Publishing House by visiting or by calling 1.800.325.3040.

About Dean O. Wenthe
Dr. Dean O. Wenthe served as president of Concordia Theological Seminary from 1996-2011, and is currently professor of exegetical theology. A graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1971), Wenthe received his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1975 and an M.A. (1985) and Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He served as a pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Atlantic, Iowa; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Wayne Trace, Indiana; and Zion Lutheran Church, Garrett, Indiana, as well as as pastoral assistant at Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, Indiana. He was most recently named interim president of the Concordia University System.

He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Commission on Theology and Church Relations, the Commission on the Sanctity of Life, the Board for Mission Services, and the Boards for Higher and Pastoral Education. He has also represented the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod on the Lutheran Catholic Dialogue.

Dr. Wenthe was an associate editor of the Concordia Self-Study Bible (Concordia Publishing House) and is currently the General Editor of Concordia Commentary: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture (Concordia Publishing House). He also edited the volume on Jeremiah/Lamentations in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (InterVarsity Press, 2009.)

He and his wife, Linda, have been blessed with four sons and several grandchildren.

Concordia Publishing House is the official publisher of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For more than 140 years, CPH has striven to be the premier publisher and provider of choice for products and services that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions.