The Revs. Nelson and Bonita Bock bring to the program 25+ years of experience in urban ministry and community involvement. They arrange and supervise internships, handle housing arrangements and other logistical/administrative aspects of the Wartburg West and Denver Semester programs, and teach all the classes. They reside in one of Denver's most diverse inner-city neighborhoods. The Bocks visit campus periodically to meet with students interested in the Wartburg West program.
Nelson is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I. Bonita is a graduate of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. They are both 1980 graduates of Luther Northwestern Seminary and served as co-pastors of American Lutheran Church in Baker, Mont. until they moved to Denver in the fall of 1984. In 1987, the Bocks founded the Urban Servant Corps, a Christian volunteer service ministry in Denver's inner-city. Bonita served as its director until April 1998. Nelson worked in campus ministry at the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver from 1987 to 1992. The Bocks bring to Wartburg West a strong commitment to urban life, Christian community, and stewardship of resources. Because they live in the heart of Denver with their two children, their commitments involve them in neighborhood, church, and city issues.