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Board of Regents elects new officers

Peperkorn takes call; Mons, Arnold begin new roles

The Board of Regents for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis recently elected new officers to fill leadership vacancies.

The board elected Rev. W. Max Mons, campus pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Chapel in Iowa City, Iowa, to serve as chairman. Mons has been serving on the board since 2016 and was previously serving as vice chairman. He succeeds the board’s former chairman, Dr. Todd A. Peperkorn, who accepted a call, effective Aug. 16, to serve as an assistant professor of pastoral ministry and missions at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Mons earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) from Concordia Seminary (’96, ’05). He has served two parishes: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Luzerne, Iowa (1996-2001); and St. Paul’s Lutheran Chapel in Iowa City, Iowa (2001-present). He also serves as the first vice president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Iowa District East.

The board also elected Dr. Tyler Arnold, senior pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Platte Woods, Mo., as vice chairman. Arnold joined the board in 2019.

Arnold earned his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary (1999) and his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (2019). He has served two parishes: Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Ill. (2004-06); and Christ Lutheran Church in Platte Woods, Mo. (1999-2004, 2006-present). He also serves as a collegium fellow for DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel.

The LCMS Board of Directors is expected soon to appoint a new regent to fill the vacancy and serve out the remainder of Peperkorn’s term, which runs through 2025.

The Seminary’s Board of Regents serves to ensure the institution fulfills its mission of theological education and leadership centered in the Gospel in the name of the LCMS. The board meets quarterly.

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