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Ordination, commissioning anniversaries celebrated

730 combined years of service

Ordination Service 2020

The Concordia Seminary, St. Louis campus celebrated significant ordination and commissioning anniversaries of nine faculty, five emeriti faculty and five staff members in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus Dec. 2. In total, the men have served the church a combined 730 years.

Each man was recognized individually, followed by a time of prayer and thanksgiving.

Dean of Chapel Dr. Kent Burreson delivered a sermon written by Interim Seminary President Dr. Daniel Preus that reminded those serving in ordained ministry to “comfort God’s people, and to remind them that their warfare is ended; that their iniquities are forgiven. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

Faculty recognized for their ordination anniversaries were:

Emeriti faculty recognized for their ordination anniversaries were:

Staff recognized for their ordination and commissioning anniversaries were:

  • Michael Flynn, director of principal gifts, 45 years
  • Mark Kempff, assistant to the director of the Center for Hispanic Studies and the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology, 45 years
  • Dr. Daniel Preus, interim president, 45 years
  • Rev. Jeffrey Thormodson, interim director of Resident Field Education, 25 years
  • Rev. William “Bill” Wrede, director of Ministerial Admissions, 20 years

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