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Seminary celebrates significant service anniversaries

22 faculty, staff recognized

The Concordia Seminary, St. Louis campus community celebrated significant service anniversaries of 22 faculty and staff members in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus March 1. In total, the men and women have served the Seminary a combined 280 years.

After the chapel service, Seminary President Dr. Thomas J. Egger recognized each individual and thanked them for their service. “In this world, we drink of the Lord’s grace and of the River of Life, and He makes our work fruitful, meaningful and rich,” he said. “We are so grateful for each of you we are honoring today for the many years of dedicated service on behalf of our students, the Seminary and the church. We thank you for your friendship and collegiality, and it is truly a joy to work alongside you day after day.”

Those recognized included:

  • Diane Alt, Donor Development Support Specialist, five years
  • Dr. Abjar Bahkou, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, five years
  • Jamie Crustals, Curriculum Design and Development Specialist, five years
  • Megan Duncan, Manager, Annual Giving, five years
  • Dr. Bruce Durazzi, Librarian, Special Collections, five years
  • Carla Georgie, General Ledger Accountant, five years
  • Sarah Maney, Communications Specialist, five years
  • Laura Thomas, Senior Gift Officer, five years
  • Dr. Gillian Bond, Director of Deaconess Studies, 10 years
  • Dr. Benjamin Haupt, Associate Provost, 10 years
  • Gina Matzenbacher, Administrative Assistant, Registrar’s Office, 10 years
  • Joel Shedlofsky, Librarian, Technical Services, 10 years
  • Melanie Appelbaum, Managing Editor, Seminary Publications, 15 years
  • Matthew Daley, Controller, 15 years
  • Kenneth Kogler, Senior Applications Manager, Technology Services, 15 years
  • Jill Oschwald, Library Acquisitions Assistant, 15 years
  • Jennifer Wagener, Lead Gift Processor, 15 years
  • Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M., Professor of Systematic Theology, 20 years
  • Dr. Joel Okamoto, Professor of Systematic Theology, 25 years
  • Dr. David Peter, Dean of Faculty, 25 years
  • Dr. William Schumacher, Mission Professor of Historical Theology, 25 years
  • Gayle Zollmann, Coordinator, Campus Grounds, Environmental Services, 30 years

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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