Meeting parishioners at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madelina, Minn., 2001
David Tiede loves this place. He loves that it is biblical, confessional and missional---a conduit for the Holy Spirit to call and send leaders throughout the world. He loves the passion and strength of the faculty. He loves the hopefulness, the raw faith, even the questioning of the students. In them he sees the future of the church and is gratified. He loves the dedication and enthusiasm of the boards to the mission and well-being of Luther Seminary. And he loves the faithfulness of the donors. "They get what we're doing here," he says.
It's this love, and the love of the gospel, that has fueled Dr. Tiede during his presidency at Luther Seminary. On June 30, he retires after 18 years in office.
Ask Dr. Tiede what has surprised him during his presidency, and he mentions:
And wear many hats, he has: pastor, teacher, leader, fundraiser and more. To adequately tell the whole story of the presidency of David L. Tiede would require more pages than are available in this issue of Story. What follows are memories and heartfelt observations from those who know and love him. They speak volumes.
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