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Dear alumni

“Here am I! Send me.” is the theme for our new academic year, our 180th. It’s obviously about recruitment, and we thank you for raising church work as a possible vocation for your young people. Orientation for new students begins Aug. 20. Faculty and staff invest themselves in Orientation so that it will be a […]

Film festival to show Reformation 500 documentary

Concordia Seminary’s feature-length documentary “Reformation 500: The Impact of the Reformation Today” has been selected to be shown at the 2018 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival. In its fourth year, the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival will be held Aug. 3-5, 2018, at the Millennium Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y. “Reformation 500: The Impact of the […]

Ordinations 2018

From left, Dr. Peter Nafzger, Colter Knippa and Nafzger’s son Johann at Knippa’s ordination in Austin, Texas. Photo: Peter Nafzger Fellow classmate Ryan Anderson, left, serves as the crucifier for Andrew Wolfgram’s ordination. Photo: Cassie Wolfgram From left, Casey Kegley, Dr. Timothy Saleska and Noah Kegley. Photo: Diane Saleska Pastor Nick Duerr, second from right, […]

Sem at district conventions

From left, Wayne Oliver and Dr. Andrew Bartelt at the LCMS South Wisconsin District Convention. From left, Dr. Dale A. Meyer and Wayne Oliver at the LCMS Texas District Convention. From left, Roger Dow and Dr. Charles Arand at the LCMS New England District Convention. From left, Dr. Andrew Bartelt and Melanie Ave at the […]

Welcome Vocatio students!

High school students entering grades nine through 12 from all over the country were on campus June 23-28 for Vocatio, a five-day retreat to encourage them to find God’s calling for their lives through studying theology, learning from Seminary professors and engaging in thoughtful conversation. While on campus, students participated in Bible study, worship, a […]

$20k LWML grant awarded

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Missouri District awarded Concordia Seminary with a $20,000 mission grant recently to help support the education costs of the Graduate School’s international students. The Graduate School enrolls 42 foreign students who collectively are from 17 different countries. These countries include Ethiopia, Kenya, Brazil, China, India, Norway, Venezuela, Taiwan, Thailand, […]

Dear alumni

May summer be giving you time for well-deserved rest and recharging! Years ago a friend told me not to plan the parish program for the next year during August. In August you’re rested and imagine you’ll have more energy than you’ll really have. Better now, early summer, when you are more realistic about what you […]

Scholl receives Ph.D.

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Travis Scholl, managing editor of Seminary publications. Scholl received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in English in the creative writing program at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., May 13. His dissertation was entitled “Of the Burning,” which focused on the Harlem Renaissance writer James Weldon Johnson and his […]

Dr. Paul Raabe

Raabe retires after 35 years

A tremendous colleague and a faithful teacher. That was the overriding message during a special reception May 16 for retiring faculty member Dr. Paul Raabe. Raabe, professor of Exegetical Theology, was celebrated at the reception held after chapel. After 35 years on the faculty, he retired at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. He […]

Multiethnic Symposium celebrates multiethnic ministries

A procession of flags enters the chapel for the Festival Service. Dr. Mark DeYmaz gives the keynote address. He is a nationally recognized leader in the multiethnic church movement, author of the award-winning book, Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church, and a founding pastor of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, a multiethnic and economically diverse […]

Dear alumni

Summer is here! I hope that it will afford you time for rest, recreation and re-creation. You work hard; now comes the summer experience of grace. If convenient, I invite you to attend a continuing education event offered by our seminaries. Also many resources are available at And of course, summer is a good […]

Worship items dedicated

The prie-dieu, or prayer station, is blessed. Pianist Mark Laverty plays the new balcony piano. Dr. Bill Matzat (’67), left, created the prayer station and is a well-knownartist within the LCMS. Pictured with him is Rev. David Gruenwald, formerpresident of the 2013 class, which donated the prayer station to the Seminary. The processional cross is […]