Seminary Professors Retirement Celebration May 10th in Tacoma

NBSAfter many years of service at Northwest Baptist Seminary and Corban University School of Ministry, Jack Wiltsey and Russ Glessner are retiring. Their ministry over a collective six-plus decades has impacted hundreds of students who in turn have impacted tens of thousands world-wide. Your receipt of this letter indicates that you were connected to one or both of these men as a friend, colleague, supporter or student. No doubt you have a deep appreciation for their service to you, to the Church, and to our Savior and Lord.

The Alumni and Corban University would like to invite you to a reception in Jack and Russ’s honor, to be held at 2 pm on Saturday, May 10, at Temple Baptist Church in Fircrest, WA. The reception will begin with an informal time during which light refreshments will be served, giving you an opportunity personally to thank each of these men for their contribution in your life. At 3 pm we will convene to hear remarks from designated speakers and to present gifts. The afternoon will conclude with a dessert fellowship and one final opportunity to express your thanks to Russ and Jack.

Concerning the “gifts” mentioned previously, in behalf of the alumni we would like to send Jack and Russ and their wives on a holiday get-away. Following their lengthy tenure of teaching, this seems like an appropriate gift that would be most appreciated. This “thank-you” gesture would be funded entirely from the financial contributions collected from the alumni.

To facilitate contributions for these gifts, Temple Baptist Church is allowing us to use their bank account for the funds. Should you desire to give, please send a check of any amount to Temple Baptist Church, 1108 Columbia Ave, Fircrest WA, 98466 earmarked “Jack Russell Event”. Pastor Mike Roberts can be given checks or cash for this event in person as well.

To plan this event effectively, we need to know whether you will attend. RSVP by April 25 to one of our committee members, Karen Goertzen, at, stating the number of attendees. We look forward to seeing your recognition of these men of God in the next few weeks. Thanks for taking the time to honor Jack and Russ.


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