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Opening of the 2001-2002 school year at ILC

On August 27 Immanuel Lutheran College and High School opened for business. It’s the business of serving our Savior-God, of course. He has His agenda, too, of providing the wherewithal. One hundred and seventy-five students are enrolled; dormitories are filled to overflowing, and classrooms, too.

Faculty now numbers thirteen full-time and two part-time teachers. At the close of the opening service, Mark Kranz was installed (by Bd. of Regents Chairman, Pastor Vance Fossum) as ILC’s newest professor. President John Pfeiffer encouraged us to “serve the Lord with gladness” (Ps. 100) as more than a motto for the school year; our worship fills our whole life–on and off campus; in every phase of our life we shout for joy over the Lord.

Biographical data on the back cover of the service folder tell us that Prof. Kranz, born in 1962, received both public and parochial grade school experience; then high school at ILHS of Mankato before arriving at ILC in Eau Claire for his college education. He graduated from his alma mater in 1984 and has served in the teaching ministry (Valentine, Nebr., Phoenix, Ariz., and Fond du Lac, Wis.) for the past seventeen years.

“By the gracious direction of God, Mark Kranz has now come to Immanuel to serve his Savior and the Church on the high school and college levels. Prof. Kranz’ family includes wife Beth (nee Nolting) and their two sons, Matthew (age 10) and Ethan (age 9).”

“With thankfulness to the Lord, we welcome the Kranz family to the campus of Immanuel. May the Lord bless this household and strengthen Prof. Kranz with faith, wisdom, zeal, love, and the ability to teach our students.” (Quotes from the service folder)

–Paul R. Koch, reporter