Title: Admissions Officer of the Midwest/Southwest
Territory: Nine states in the middle: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Florida (go figure).
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, eh?
Undergrad: Concordia, Edmonton; and Concordia University (aka Teachers College) Seward, Nebraska
Where I’ve Served: Teacher (1974) – Michigan District, Holy Cross Lutheran School, Detroit, Michigan; DCE (1973-1980) – Michigan District, Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor Michigan; Director of Parish Life (1980-1985) – California/Nevada/Hawaii District, First Lutheran Church, Placerville, California; Vicarage (1987-88), Assistant Pastor (1988-89), Administrative Pastor (1989-1996) – Southern Illinois District, Zion Lutheran Church, Litchfield, Illinois; Associate Pastor (1996-2001) – Missouri District, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Springfield, Missouri; Admissions Officer (2001-2006, 2010- present), Student Services (2006-2011) – Missouri District, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.
About Me: I was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up on a farm until, at age nine, my family moved to Edmonton, Alberta. I attended Concordia Lutheran High School and College in Edmonton and then graduated from Concordia, Seward in 1973. I also married Alvina Chronis in Seward that same spring. Our two sons, Jeremy and Andy, were born while I served in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After serving as a DCE for twelve years, I became a “second career” Seminary student, moving my family from California to St. Louis in 1985 so that I could attend the Seminary. That is when we all became St. Louis Cardinals fans. After serving in pastoral ministry for 13 years I accepted a call to the Seminary in 2001 to serve in recruitment. Serving as Director of Student Services for five years, I am now serving once again as an Admissions Counselor, a role I very much enjoy. Our two sons are both in ministry. After serving for 13 years as DCE in the St. Louis area, Jeremy is now Director of Youth and Family Life at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Weston, Florida. Andy is Associate Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church, Arnold, Missouri. My wife, Alvina, and our two daughters-in-law, Kristin and Nikki, are all Lutheran School Teachers. Alvina and I enjoy spoiling our four grandchildren.
Favorite Place in Saint Louis: Busch Stadium! Although we can watch all of the Cardinal Baseball games on TV, there is something about the experience of being with all those other Cardinal fans in the Stadium when Molina, or any of the other Cardinals, hits a home run.
Music I Like: Mostly, Contemporary Christian. I enjoy listening to JoyFM, 99.1. I also enjoy listening to music from the 70’s.
What I Love About Concordia Seminary: I love being a pastor. Here at Concordia Seminary, I get to help others, who have that desire for the “noble task” of serving as a pastor or deaconess in our church, to reach that goal of becoming a servant leader for God’s people.