Alumni Council

In order that Concordia Seminary might “listen” more effectively, an Alumni Council was created. Alumni Council members are appointed by the Seminary president and represent a wide range of graduation years. They meet twice per year on the Seminary campus and serve as a link between the Seminary and alumni, assist in planning alumni functions and advise the president and director of alumni relations.

The districts of the LCMS have been divided into nine geographical regions, based on the number of alumni and congregations in each. The regions are as follows:

  • Region 1: Montana, Northwest, Wyoming
  • Region 2: California-Nevada-Hawaii, Pacific Northwest
  • Region 3: Iowa East & West, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota
  • Region 4: Oklahoma, Rocky Mountain, Texas
  • Region 5: Minnesota North & South, North & South Wisconsin
  • Region 6: Missouri & all Illinois districts
  • Region 7: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio
  • Region 8: Florida-Georgia, Mid-South, Southern
  • Region 9: Atlantic, Eastern, New England, New Jersey, Southeastern

Note: Alumni in the English and SELC districts are considered as members of the geographical areas in which they reside.

The Alumni Council also includes one alumnus from the Center for Hispanic Studies, one alumnus from the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Technology, and one deaconess.

Duties and Functions

The Alumni Council:

  • Serves as representative “voice” of alumni to the president of the Seminary.
  • Serves as a link between the Seminary and alumni for the purposes of recruitment and development.
  • Assists in planning alumni gatherings and other related activities.
  • Meets twice annually on the Seminary campus to plan and discuss items relating to alumni programs, recruitment and other Seminary projects.
  • Serves constituent alumni in the various regions/special ministries as opportunity arises.

Current members of the Alumni Council are:

Region 1 (Term expires 2016)
Rev. Michael Warmbier (1985)
Cornelius, OR 97113
Phone: 503-359-2300
Fax: 503-357-6418
Region 2 (Term expires 2017)
Rev. Steven De Santo (2008)
Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church
Payson, AZ 85541
Phone: 928-474-5440
Fax: 928-472-1125
Region 3 (Term expires 2018)
Rev. Scott Snow (1983)
Wichita, KS, 67206
Phone: 316-684-5201
Region 4 (Term expires 2018)
Rev. Dr. William Knippa (1973) (Chairman)
Austin, TX 78739
Phone: 512-282-0234
Fax: 512-282-4478
Region 6 (Term expires 2016)
Rev. Robert Donovan (1996)
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-549-1615
Fax: 773-326-3645
Region 7 (Term expires 2017)
Rev. Kevin Jones (1988)
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: 989-893-4088
Fax: 989-893-3719
Region 8 (Term expires 2017)
John Gierke (1996)
Conway, AR 72034
Phone: 501-513-1261
Fax: 501-327-7980
Region 9 (Term expires 2018)
Rev. Ingo Dutzmann (1980)
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-536-8851
Fax: 617-247-9827
Center for Hispanic Studies (Term expires 2017)
Rev. Eloy González (2001)
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Irving, TX 75062
Phone: 972-255-0595
Fax: 972-257-0033
Deaconess (Term expires 2017)
Dcs. Kristina Paul (2011)
Salem Lutheran Church and School
St. Louis, MO 63123
Phone: 314-352-4454
Fax: 314-352-1010
Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (Term Expires 2016)
Rev. Dr. Lang Yang (2009)
Richville, MI 48758
Phone: 989-239-4758
Fax: 989-868-4808
Senior Coordinator of Alumni and Congregation Relations
Melodie Bostic
Concordia Seminary
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: 314-505-7626