Friday, April 24, 2015
President Theodore Olsen is called to glory
Dear friends in the living Savior,
Today the MLC administrative offices received news from Mrs. Joanne Olsen that President emeritus Ted Olsen died this morning at 7:44am, after a brief hospitalization. When funeral arrangements are finalized, the family will inform the administrative offices and we will pass along the details for his victory service.
President Olsen served as a parish pastor in Wisconsin and Florida. He served in various WELS ministerial education schools. He was a tutor at Northwestern Lutheran Academy in Mobridge, SD. He was a professor at DMLC. He served as president of Martin Luther Preparatory School in Prairie du Chien, and finally as the first president of Martin Luther College.
The Lord blessed his ministry at MLC as he evangelically guided the college during the amalgamation of DMLC and Northwestern College. The fruits of his labors here at MLC remain visible in a college that remains committed to Scripture and with a single focus on preparing gospel ministers for service in the WELS. We thank Jesus for this faithful servant of the Word. Now the apostle Paul encourages us to Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. We grieve with the family at the suddenness of Ted's death and the pain of separation. Yet we rejoice with the family in the Spirit-given confidence that those who die in Christ are alive in Christ. Whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. May Christ's Easter triumph comfort and sustain Joanne and the entire Olsen family. May we at MLC honor his memory with a renewed commitment of faithful study and adherence to the inerrant Word, and a passion for the assigned task to prepare servants of the Word to go forth and proclaim the saving message of new life in Christ. Thanks be to God, he gives us the victory in our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the comfort and confidence of the living Savior,
|The ideal WELS member|
was envisioned long ago.