FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(April 9, 2013) Gettysburg Seminary is pleased to announce that the Rev. Glenn Ludwig of Mechanicsburg, PA, has accepted the call to serve as Vice President for Advancement, beginning in mid-May of this year.
In this capacity, Pastor Ludwig will work in partnership with the Seminary’s Advancement team, and collaborate closely with board members and trustees of the Gettysburg Seminary Endowment Foundation (GSEF) and Alumni Council in fund-raising. In accepting the position, Ludwig said: "I am very excited about the challenge and opportunity to continue to serve Gettysburg Seminary. My time as Chair of the Board has given me a broad appreciation for the work of advancement and the dedicated staff that serves creatively and faithfully in that endeavor. I look forward to joining them during this challenging time in theological education for the Church."
For the past six years, Ludwig has served as chair of the Seminary’s Board of Directors, during which he has demonstrated deep commitment to the school’s mission as he led the board during an era of multiple significant changes and its unqualified reaccreditation for the maximum ten-year period. In partnership with President Michael Cooper-White, Ludwig appointed a Seminary Futures task force to explore new approaches in theological education, including financial models that will ensure the institution’s long-term sustainability.
During his tenure as board chair, the Seminary also launched large-scale campus transformation, which included conversion to geothermal systems for the Chapel and “Old Dorm,” and the latter’s complete rehabilitation to become the Seminary Ridge Museum as of this coming summer. Ludwig also chaired the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries board, which guides the collaborative work of Gettysburg, Philadelphia and Southern Seminaries. Earlier in his career, he chaired the national board of Lutheran Youth Encounter, and served on many synodical and regional community boards as well. Well known since first publishing in the field 30 years ago at the encouragement of parish consultant Lyle Schaller, Ludwig is the author of three best-selling books on youth ministry and has been a keynote speaker in more than 100 youth gatherings throughout the United States and Canada. He has also published books of sermons and an Alban Institute book In It for the Long Haul: Building Effective Long Term Pastorates.
Speaking of his decision to offer the key administrative position to Ludwig, following consultation with other leaders of the Seminary and Endowment Foundation, President Cooper-White declared: “Since joining the Seminary’s board eight years ago, Glenn Ludwig has demonstrated his deep commitment to our mission of preparing leaders for the Church of today and tomorrow. By virtue of his extensive experience as a parish pastor and college chaplain, he is widely known as an outstanding preacher, leader and champion of generous Christian stewardship. With the in-depth knowledge that comes only to an institution’s governing board chair, he is uniquely positioned to partner with me and others in the years ahead when we must grow substantially the Seminary’s fund-raising capabilities.”
Ludwig received his bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University of Selinsgrove, PA, where he returned years later to serve as college chaplain. His preparation for pastoral ministry included a year of study at Gettysburg Seminary, after which he completed his Master of Divinity work (Magna Cum Laude) at Lancaster (PA) Seminary. For over a quarter century, he served as senior pastor of First Lutheran Church of Ellicott City, Maryland; following his official “retirement” from that long-term pastorate, Ludwig has served the past three years as Interim Senior Minister of Trinity Lutheran Church of Camp Hill, PA, one of the largest east coast congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Among the members of Trinity is Mr. Frank Leber, Esq., who chairs the Seminary’s GSEF board of trustees. Leber affirmed the appointment: "I have had the opportunity to experience Pastor Ludwig's gifts for ministry during his service as chair of the Seminary's Board and as Interim Senior Pastor of Trinity Lutheran, Camp Hill, and eagerly look forward to his bringing those gifts to bear in his new role at the Seminary."
Ludwig is married to K. Estella (“Stella”) Ludwig, a retired public school teacher and former outdoor ministry director, and has two adult children and four grandchildren.
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the oldest of the eight seminaries of the 4.8 million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, prepares women and men to be outreach oriented public theologians and mission leaders. It provides programs in continuing studies, advanced theological education, and specialized educational programs for informed lay persons, ordained and other rostered leaders, and high school youth. More information is available at the Seminary’s web site: www.ltsg.edu/ , by email at email@example.com, or by calling (717) 334-6286.