Concordia Seminary Newsroom

Concordia Seminary Newsroom and Press Releases

Dear alumni

Thank you for your support of our Seminary! Several years ago we started this newsletter to strengthen the ties between us by sharing news and stories about the Sem as it is today. About “the Sem as it is today,” let me share a few thoughts. We are grieved by the announced closing of Concordia […]

Alumni game benefits The Hope Center for Families

The fourth annual Alumni Basketball Game, “Hoops for Hope,” held Feb. 7, was a night full of heart-warming competition. During the game, Concordia Seminary Preachers basketball players faced off against alumni, with alumni claiming victory with a final score of 71-70. The event raised awareness for The Hope Center for Families, a ministry of Bethlehem […]

Faith and Film Festival debuts

Seminary wife Anna Otterman, left, fills popcorn containers with the help of Campus Events Coordinator Natalie Piacentini. Concordia Seminary’s first Faith and Film Festival was a success Jan. 23-25, with 75 participants representing 16 states attending the gathering. Geared toward people interested in film and theology, the festival served as an opportunity for participants to […]

Mission Central

Students, staff on a mission to learn

For the ninth year in a row, students, faculty, family and friends packed into a van Jan. 10 to journey to Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa, for two days of intensive learning. Those attending included Residential Alternate Route (RAR) students Nathan Speerbrecker and Andrew Wrasman; Master of Divinity (M.Div.) student Joshua Hileman; President Dr. Dale […]

Dear alumni

Do you ever have a moment when you suddenly recognize the obvious, when you discover something that’s been hidden in plain sight? Thanks to Dr. Timothy Saleska for giving me such a moment, and it was very encouraging. When I was interviewing Tim for our video program “Word and Work: An Intersection,” he said Concordia […]

Bush retires

Rev. John Bush, executive director of Seminary Support, was honored during chapel and with a reception in Koburg Hall Dec. 2 for his retirement on Dec. 31, 2019. Bush joined Seminary Advancement in January 2018 to be responsible for fund development strategies including the major gifts, midlevel giving and annual giving programs. He joined the […]

Dear alumni

“In repentance and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” (Is. 30:15 ESV) Lord Jesus, our alumni will rest the days after Christmas, and deservedly so. They have been busy with all the festivities of this season, holy and secular. In coming days they will put their loving […]

Sem at RSTM conference

Senior Coordinator of Alumni and Congregation Relations Melodie Bostic represented the Seminary Nov. 14–16 at the LCMS National Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM) conference in Minneapolis, Minn., catching up with Seminary alumni and friends. The theme of the conference was “Running with Endurance: Eyes Fixed on Jesus,” and the speakers and sessions focused on […]

Kolb speaks in Transylvania

Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology Dr. Robert Kolb was one of 33 lecturers at a conference on the history of the Lutheran church in Siebenbürgen (Transylvania) Oct. 31–Nov. 4, held at the Theological Academy (Seminary) of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Siebenbürgen. Speakers from Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany and the United States […]

Suzuki visits Sem

Pictured left to right: Dr. Joel Elowsky, professor of Historical Theology, director of Center for the Study of Early Christian Texts and coordinator of International Seminary Exchange Programs; Masaaki Suzuki, founder and musical director of the Bach Collegium Japan and Bruce Durazzi, librarian, special collections. It was an honor to have a special visit Nov. […]

Dear alumni

We enter the season of gathering. There will be many gatherings, plural. Families, friends, organizations, clubs, co-workers. … We’ll have those gatherings at the Seminary just as you will in your place, but now I’m commenting on the singular gathering as a principle of life together. Our western culture deceives us into hearing “you” in […]

Alumni Reunion renews friendships

The 2019 Alumni Reunion, held on campus Oct. 24–25, welcomed about 100 graduates, spouses and widows. Reunion highlights included a special recognition of the jubilarian class of 1969 and all alumni in chapel; a banquet featuring The Gospel of Mark presentation by Lutheran Hour Speaker Dr. Michael Zeigler; a presentation by Dr. Thomas Zelt, pastor […]