When I was a fourth year seminarian (shortly after the earth cooled), I remember hearing of a bright new professor on campus. He was still working toward his doctorate in church history, so we was only “Professor Rast”. Within ten minutes of arriving, he was named assistant dean of the faculty. It was said at the time that they were grooming him to be President when Dr. Wenthe retired. (Dr. Wenthe had been in office about 1 year at the time.) I never had him as a professor, but in the years since, I have met him at a few symposia, and seen him around at various church events (It’s a small synod after all.) He is a theologian of great merit, a fine administrator, and he has that uncanny ability to sit down and have a beer with you, and then return to the seminary with a large check in hand to fund a new library.
The seminary has been blessed these last few years with Dr. Wenthe’s leadership. It is good to see that “The Fort” will still be in good hands for the years to come. The Lord blesses his church, and he has certainly blessed my alma mater: the “school of the minor prophets” as many have called it.
Watching the announcement of Dr. Rast as the new president of the Fort Wayne seminary was a little like watching the movie Secretariat: You pretty much already knew which horse would win the race. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. In the case of the seminary, it means that the direction set by President Wenthe will continue. Professor Rast has been Dr. Rast for some time now. It will be good for the church to have him as President Rast. To Dr. Wenthe I say, “Well Done thou good and faithful servant.” To President-Elect Rast, “Congratulations and God’s richest blessings.”