50-Year Anniversary Fun Facts
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In 1962, the cornerstone for United
Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities was placed. United was formed from the merger
of Mission House Seminary (founded in 1862) and Yankton School of
Theology (founded in 1869). By its charter, United is a multidenominational,
ecumenically focused seminary of the United Church of Christ.
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Watch a Video!
United's own Gretchen Milloy and Dale
Dobias unveil the contents of the time capsule in celebration of
our 50th Anniversary.
Yankton School of Theology
Here's a tidbit about United's ancestry: In 1878,
the German Congregationalists founded the German Theological Seminary
in Crete, Neb., to train young men for ministry among German-speaking
immigrants; it was the earliest incarnation of what eventually became
Yankton School of Theology in 1932. Yankton later merged with Mission
House Seminary to form United.
Mission House Seminary
Here's another interesting piece of United's ancestry: Located
in Plymouth, Wis., and founded in 1859 to meet the religious needs
of German Reformed Church immigrant settlements in Wisconsin and
other Midwestern states, Mission House Seminary, also known as the
Prophetenschule (“school of the prophets”), merged with
Yankton School of Theology to form United 50 years ago.
Here's a note about one of our wonderful Mission House
Roger Wentz was majoring in mechanical engineering at University
of Wisconsin-Madison when he experienced a call to ministry. He
then transferred as a sophomore to Mission House College. After
earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1953, he went straight
on to complete Mission House Theological Seminary’s three-year
bachelor of divinity program. Roger speaks highly of the education
he received at the seminary, and he praised a faculty that included
Professor Louis H. Gunnemann, who later served as dean at United.
And here's one of our fabulous Yankton alums:
Ed Zuern, a 1955 alum of the School of Theology of Yankton College,
and his wife Louise attended United’s fall 2011 convocation and
were present when the time capsule was opened to commemorate the
school’s 50th year. Speaking by phone from Bismarck, N.D.,
Ed mentioned spending a couple of hours poring over material from
the capsule that related to Yankton. Fifty-six years after graduating
from Yankton School of Theology, you can hear in Ed’s voice
his affection for his alma mater. He describes Yankton College as
a unique place where he received an excellent education.