Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Anyone Know What Happened to These Professors?

I was recently looking through one of the academic catalogs from Concordia Theological Seminary-Ft. Wayne and wondered what happened to a couple of professors who left the seminary in the early to mid-2000's.  Neither is listed on the clergy roster of Synod, and in doing a Google search it seems that little is available there also.  The professors both taught OT exegesis.  They are Chad Bird and Douglas McC. L. Judisch.  Bird, it appears has done some adjunct work for Clarendon College as recently as last spring, but is not listed among their faculty for this year.  He has also been involved in the doctoral program at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH since 2003, according to an online CV.  Dr. Judisch, who was my OT prof at Ft. Wayne also shows up on the net, but only in reference to past works he has authored.  Both of these men contributed well-received books and writings over the years.  Pr. Bird (I think he is still a pastor?) also wrote at least one of the hymns in the Lutheran Service Book.  I'm simply curious where they are at now and what they might be doing in the church-at-large.  Does anyone know?

1 comment:

The Rev. Donald V. Engebretson said...

From an additional search on the internet Dr. Judisch, now age 64, appears to still be living in Ft. Wayne, IN. He was last listed as professor of CTS in the 2003-2004 catalog. He is a classmate of Dr. Wenthe (CSL, 71), although Wenthe appears to be two years older. It would seem that he 'retired' from teaching after about 33 years service, at the approximate age of 57 or so. His book AN EVALUATION OF CLAIMS TO THE CHARISMATIC GIFTS (originally published in the late 70's, reprinted in 1985 and later)comes up frequently, even now, in searches under his name. From one additional site (http://sites.google.com/site/wisdomandeloquence/Home/sectionals)it appears that he may still be active assisting at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne, where he once served as an "archdeacon."