The Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus, located in the center of the Seminary campus, reflects the Seminary community’s emphasis on worship as the central activity to its life and being. Since its dedication on November 15, 1992, the chapel has served as the site for more than 2,000 daily services and numerous special services.
The campus community has the opportunity to gather daily at 9:35 a.m. to hear the Lord’s Word, respond with praise and thanksgiving, and intercede in His name for the concerns of all sorts and conditions of men, especially those within the campus community. Once every week the campus follows the Lord’s bidding and assembles to receive the body and blood of Him who is the Life of the world. Services aim to express the multicultural nature of the Seminary’s student body, faculty, and staff.
Rev. David Johnson, Director of Musical Arts
David Johnson came to Concordia Seminary for his M.Div. after graduating with a music degree from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Music from Valparaiso University. He taught at Valparaiso University for two years before starting his path into ministry at Concordia Seminary. After graduation he was installed as an assistant pastor Immanuel Lutheran Church in Connecticut for two years before being installed as a senior pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in New Hampshire.
In addition to his time as a pastor, Rev. Johnson has been in the role of Director of Worship Arts Resources at Concordia Publishing House, as well as being the Executive Director for the Commission on Worship for the LCMS. He brings a wealth of experience from his time as minister of music for various churches since 1998. He serves as Director of Musical Arts in the Chapel of St. Timothy & St. Titus. He incorporates both ancient and culturally relevant styles of music within to worship, which greatly engages the seminary community.
Rev. Dr. Kent Burreson, Dean of the Chapel
Kent Burreson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1966. After high school in Milford, Ohio, he majored in history and minored in theology at Valparaiso University and attained the distinction of scholar in Christ College, the honors college. Training for pastoral ministry beckoned at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis where he earned the M.Div. in 1992 and an S.T.M. degree in 1994 in historical theology. His love for the study of the history and theology of liturgy and worship led him and his family to the University of Notre Dame. There he matriculated in the liturgical studies program learning at the feet of noted scholars Paul Bradshaw, Michael Driscoll, Maxwell Johnson, Randall Zachmann, and John Melloh and completed a dissertation in 2002 under the direction of the father of Protestant worship historiography, James White. His dissertation examines the historical development of sixteenth century Lutheran baptismal rites.
While working on his doctoral degree Dr. Burreson was called to serve as assistant to the pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Mishawaka, Ind., where he preached, presided, and led the adult education program of the congregation in a part-time capacity. In 1999 he assumed the position of full-time assistant pastor at St. Peter, serving amongst the people of God gathered there around the cross. In 2000 he was called by his alma mater, Concordia Seminary, as an instructor to teach systematic theology. After serving as assistant dean of the chapel, in 2009 he was appointed dean of the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. While continuing in his teaching capacities, he plans and supervises worship life on the Concordia Seminary campus.
Seminarian Travis Ferguson, Worship Coordinator
Travis Ferguson was born in Kansas City, MO. After high school, he went to college at Concordia University, Nebraska where he majored in psychology and behavioral science and minored in Theology. He did his practicum in psychology at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE. Here he found a deep desire to serve God’s people in relational and mission-minded ministry. Travis came to the seminary in June of 2013. He serves under the Dean of the Chapel as Worship Coordinator.
Seminarian James Miller, Chapel Band Coordinator
James is a second year student at Concordia. He received his bachelors in music from Northern Illinois University with an emphasis in jazz bass performance. While his musical passion is in God’s left-hand kingdom, playing the upright and electric basses in jazz combos and rock bands, he also loves sharing his music in the right-hand kingdom, leading others in worship from the piano, organ, sound board, or carillon. James is happily married to Melissa his wife of two years. James serves as Chapel Band Coordinator.
Seminarian Jeff Burgess, Choral Assistant
Jeff Burgess was born and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for his undergraduate degrees, majoring in German and comparative religion. He graduated in May 2011, and came directly to Concordia Seminary that fall. Jeff serves as Choral Assistant under Rev. David Johnson.