Oct 09, 2023 Print This Article

Seminary Board of Regents welcomes two new members

One existing member re-elected

Matthew Kenitzer (left), and Dr. Adam Koontz

Two new members have been added to the Board of Regents for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis after having been elected during the 68th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) this summer in Milwaukee, Wis.

The two new members, both of whom will serve six-year terms, are:

  • Matthew Kenitzer, a project manager at John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Dr. Adam Koontz (M.Div. ’14), associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Denver, Colo.

One returning member, who also will serve a six-year term, was re-elected during the convention. He is Dr. Paul Edmon, an ITC research computing associate at Harvard University in Medford, Mass. Edmon first joined the board in 2016.

President Dr. Thomas J. Egger welcomed these new and returning members and thanked two outgoing Regents, Dr. Tyler Arnold and Paul Hegland, for their service to the Seminary.

“We are grateful for the service of Mr. Hegland and Dr. Arnold. We hate to see them go, but we are also excited to welcome new regents with a new mix of backgrounds and gifts,” Egger said. “By electing Mr. Kenitzer and Dr. Koontz and re-electing Dr. Edmon, the church has expressed its confidence in them. The provision of regents to our board is an expression of the LCMS’ support of the Seminary as well as its oversight with respect to the Seminary’s mission. We are grateful for both. And we are grateful to our regents themselves for their committed and voluntary service.”

According to the LCMS Bylaws, the Seminary’s Board of Regents may have up to 13 members, which includes three ordained members, one commissioned member and three lay members, all elected by the LCMS in convention; one LCMS vice president appointed by the LCMS president; one district president selected by the LCMS Council of Presidents; and up to four members who have been appointed by the board itself. The president of the LCMS Missouri District also serves as an advisory member.

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.