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Four Concordia Seminary faculty installed in two new endowed chairs

Orthodox biblical and confessional Lutheranism focus of professorships

Four Concordia Seminary, St. Louis professors were installed as occupants of two new endowed chairs during the Seminary’s Opening Service on Sept. 4 in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus.

Dr. Charles P. Arand, professor of systematic theology, dean of theological research and publications, and director of the Center for the Care of Creation, and Dr. Robert Rosin, professor of historical theology, were installed as Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professors of Theology.

Dr. Kent J. Burreson, associate professor of systematic theology and dean of the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus, and Dr. David R. Maxwell, director of the graduate school and an associate professor of systematic theology, were installed as Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professors of Systematic Theology.

Eugene E. Fincke, who faithfully served the Seminary as a member of the Board of Control from 1959-77, and his wife, Nell. S. Fincke, established the Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Chair of Theology and the Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Chair of Systematic Theology to “advance the cause of orthodox biblical and confessional Lutheranism,” according to endowment documents.

“How wonderfully the Lord provides for the mission of His Church!” said Seminary President Dr. Dale A. Meyer. “Two things especially impress me about the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fincke. First is their commitment to a strong future for solid biblical and Lutheran teaching. To that Concordia Seminary is also committed. Second is their foresight for the future. Anticipating the day they would be called to heaven, they provided for Gospel ministry for generations to come. Those who follow us need to know Jesus!

“How humbled and motivated we are by their gift for our Savior’s mission.”

Click here and scroll through the Opening Service program to read complete biographies for Arand, Rosin, Burreson and Maxwell.

In addition to the Fincke professorships, the Seminary recently announced the creation of the Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Chair of New Testament Theology. This chair was established by a generous gift from Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury of Wilmore, Ky., a 1959 Seminary graduate who “desires the biblical, Christ-centered theology of the Lutheran church to continue in its pastors through academic excellence at the Seminary,” according to endowment documents. Dr. James W. Voelz, graduate professor of exegetical theology, was installed as the first Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament Theology.

Endowed professorships are created to help recruit and retain top faculty. The Fincke endowed chairs are two of 10 endowed chairs currently at the Seminary.

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