Egger installed as 11th president; new students welcomed
New students gather on Chapel Plaza after the Opening Service Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.
The 183rd academic year for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis began Friday, Aug. 27, with the Opening Service in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus.
During the Opening Service, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod President Dr. Matthew C. Harrison preached on the 2021-22 academic theme “Your Word is a Lamp to my Feet” from Psalm 119:105.
“The seed is the Word of God, the Sower, God Himself, casts the Word with apparent indiscriminate behavior,” Harrison said in his sermon. “Dr. Egger, faculty, students, dear brothers and sisters, the Word is near you. It’s in your mouth. It’s in your heart. That is the Word of faith which we proclaim … To you they are the Words of God, the power of salvation to all who believe. And there are many more who shall believe.”
Dr. Thomas J. Egger was installed as the Seminary’s 11th president. Additionally, three new professors were installed: Dr. Kevin Golden as associate professor of Exegetical Theology; Dr. Ely Prieto as associate professor of Practical Theology, associate dean of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry and the Lutheran Foundation Professor of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry; and Dr. Jon Vieker as associate professor of Practical Theology and dean of chapel. In addition to Egger, four professors were installed in new positions: Dr. Joel Elowsky as dean of Advanced Studies; Dr. Erik Herrmann as dean of Theological Research and Publication; Dr. David Lewis as director of the Master of Divinity and Residential Alternate Route programs; and Dr. Glenn Nielsen as director of certification. One new staff member was installed: Deaconess Rebekah Lukas as communications specialist. In addition, eight new staff were recognized, and nine faculty and staff were recognized for new positions.
Robert Ngoyi, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Appleton, Wis., LCMS North Wisconsin District
Jonas Ntagawa, Bethel Lutheran Church, Dallas, Texas, LCMS Texas District
Joseph Runezerwa, Bethel Lutheran Church, Dallas, Texas, LCMS Texas District
Emmanuel Tshikala, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Appleton, Wis., LCMS North Wisconsin District
Daniel Wallis, Holy Cross Lutheran Church for the Deaf, Maplewood, Mo., LCMS Missouri District
The following Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) students were assigned as vicars:
Luis Gonzalez, Iglesia Evangelica Luterana San Pablo, Aurora, Ill., LCMS Northern Illinois District
Cruz Guerrero Aguilera, Iglesia Evangelica Luterana San Pablo, Aurora, Ill., LCMS Northern Illinois District
Walker Nery, Bethel Lutheran Church, Dallas, Texas, LCMS Texas District
The following Cross-cultural Ministry Center (CMC) students were assigned as vicars:
Kevin Kong, Church of All Nations, Hong Kong, LCMS Northwest District
Nathan Schmidt, Christ the Vine Lutheran Church, Damascus, Ore., LCMS Northwest District
Anthony Suarez-Abraham, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Soquel, Calif., LCMS California-Nevada-Hawaii District
The following Online Deaconess Studies (ODS) Program students were assigned as interns:
Laura Bauer, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Interlochen, Mich., LCMS Michigan District
Stephenie Hovland, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Portage, Wis., LCMS South Wisconsin District; and LCMS Office of International Mission, St. Louis, Mo., LCMS Missouri District
Hana Laughton, Lutheran Latino Ministries, Woodburn, Ore., LCMS Northwest District
Naomi Moon, Zion Lutheran Church, Bismarck, N.D., LCMS North Dakota District
The Seminary recognizes and celebrates calls throughout the year for students enrolled in programs such as SMP, EIIT, CHS and ODS; however, the majority of students receive their first calls to ministry at the annual Call Day celebration. Call Day is set for April 26, 2022.
“May God uphold us and preserve us in the coming year and deal mercifully with us for the sake of the Son,” said Egger, addressing the students as he opened the new academic year. “May God illumine the year ahead with the bright light of Christ and the bright light of Christ’s Word.”
About Concordia Seminary
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit csl.edu.