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MLC celebrates 25 years

MLC 25 year Anniversary LogoThis past year, Martin Luther College (MLC), New Ulm, Minn., has been celebrating 25 years of ministerial training as well as 150-plus years of ministerial training in WELS through Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Northwestern College, and Dr. Martin Luther College.

Here are some ways MLC is marking its anniversary:

“Equipping Christian Witnesses” campaign

The goal of “Equipping Christian Witnesses” is to help train a corps of Christian witnesses to meet WELS ministry needs in the future. This three-prong campaign highlights recruitment, financial aid, and facilities.

In April, MLC broke ground on a new athletic facility, the Betty Kohn Fieldhouse. Part of the facility improvement pillar, this 36,000-square-foot indoor turfed facility will support a year-round physical education curriculum, enable spring sports to practice regularly, allow for additional intramural offerings, and create community connections. Plans are for students to be able to use the new athletic center by the beginning of 2022.

MLC students at athletic field groundbreaking

First-year physical education major Jordyn Heckendorf (second from left) took part in the groundbreaking event. “The new Betty Kohn Fieldhouse is a dream come true!” she says. “As an athlete and child of God, I am always looking for ways to let my light shine through the skills God has blessed me with, and this fieldhouse gives me the opportunity to do just that.”

Learn more about “Equipping Christian Witnesses” at

Fisher of Men statueFisher of Men statue

A new statue depicting Jesus at the Sea of Galilee calling Andrew and Simon Peter to become fishers of people (based on Mark 1:17) was installed on MLC’s campus and dedicated in May. The MLC Alumni Association chose and funded this project. “MLC is a great place to have a statue like this because it’s where we’re training fishers for gospel ministry,” says Jon Schaefer, director of new teacher induction at MLC and former alumni association president. “We saw it as a way to inspire people while they are on campus as well as provide something that they can carry with them into ministry.” The alumni association also established an endowed student scholarship fund as part of its 25th anniversary gift.

Fisher of Men® is the copyrighted & trademarked creation of Christian artist Max Greiner, Jr. of Kerrville, Texas © (

MLC-opoly board gameMLC-OPOLY

MLC developed its own version of the popular board game Monopoly to preserve and protect the history of MLC as well as give students and alumni a fun way to reminisce about their college years and introduce their alma mater to others. The game highlights the faces and places of MLC as well as includes historical trivia about the campus and community.

Learn more at

Volume 108, Number 6
Issue: June 2021

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