Dr. Karl Stelzer
After an exam week has concluded, seminary faculty member Dr. Karl Stelzer reaches for a spiral-bound notebook on his desk. Despite being the academic advisor to more than 50 pastoral students, he could turn to a page with handwritten notes about each of them. “I have a computer, but I’m 73, so I use a notebook,” he said with a smile. “I keep tabs on their grades and their attendance and try to encourage and challenge them.” During difficult moments of the semester, he’ll write encouraging emails to those struggling.
Those in Dr. Stelzer’s circle of influence know that discipleship and mentorship are important to him. In his early years as a youth pastor, he chose 2 Timothy 2:1–2 to be the peg on which he hung his ministry. “Youth ministry is preparing young people with truth so that they can have an impact on other people’s lives,” he said.