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50-Year Anniversary Fun Facts

We are featuring fun facts about United's history, present, and future on "50-Year Anniversary Fridays" on Facebook. "Like us" on Facebook to see these and other updates, or view them below.

Did you know?

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.

Come back next Friday for another "50-Year Anniversary Friday" fact!

Watch a Video!

United's own Gretchen Milloy and Dale Dobias unveil the contents of the time capsule in celebration of our 50th Anniversary.


United's Ancestry

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.

United's Alums

Here's a note about one of our wonderful Mission House alums:

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.

50-Year Anniversary

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