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CLTS Extends Calls to Two Professorial Candidates

November 7, 2016 No Comment
Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau

Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau

Rev. Esko Murto

Rev. Esko Murto

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) has extended calls to two candidates to serve as professors of theology.

Rev. Esko Murto, STM, has been called to serve as Assistant Professor of Theology with a specialization in Systematics while Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau has been called to serve as Assistant Professor of Theology. The calls came following interviews on November 2 with the CLTS President, Board of Regents, and the electors of Lutheran Church–Canada.

Rev. Murto is a native of Orivesi, Finland, and served as pastor of two congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland (2009-15). Since 2015, Rev. Murto has been a visiting professor at Concordia, St. Catharines. He holds an MTh from the University of Helsinki and an STM from Concordia Theological Seminary (Ft. Wayne, Indiana).

Dr Ristau is a native of Kitchener, Ontario. He served as pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, Montreal (2001-06). Since 2006 he has been a chaplain in the Canadian Forces and now holds the rank of major. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies from McGill University.

With these two calls, the seminary would restore its faculty to its normal complement of four full-time men. The school hopes to announce the answers to these two calls within a few weeks.

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