The professors occupying endowed chairs include, from left, Rev. Kou Seying, Dr. Kent Burreson, Dr. David Maxwell, Dr. Joel Biermann, Dr. Joel Okamoto, Dr. Charles Arand, Dr. Victor Raj, Dr. Andrew Bartelt and Dr. Leopoldo Sánchez M. Not pictured: Dr. David Schmitt and Dr. James W. Voelz. Photo: Kendra Whittle
A new display honoring the donors who have endowed faculty chairs was unveiled and blessed during a special ceremony Feb. 16, 2017, in the Concordia Seminary library following chapel service.
The display, located just inside the library’s lobby, features 10 engraved aluminum panels on a lighted background of a cut metal pattern. Created and designed by the architectural signage firm Engraphix, the display recognizes the current 11 endowed faculty chairs and the donors who established the chairs. It also recognizes Board of Regents member Dr. LeRoy Wilke and his wife, Jane, who made the display possible.
“An endowed chair is about the future of scholarship in this institution for the forward-looking mission of our Lord Jesus,” said Seminary President Dr. Dale A. Meyer in his welcome and opening remarks.
An endowed chair is one of the highest academic honors that a college, university or seminary can bestow upon a faculty member. It reflects the donor’s desire to continue to see excellence in teaching and research in a specific area.
“It’s a double honor. Endowed chairs honor those for whom the chairs are named and it also honors the faculty members who represent their areas so well,” said Provost Dr. Jeff Kloha. “On the faculty side, the individuals appointed to the chairs represent outstanding teaching and leadership and scholarship among their colleagues. They have served successfully and faithfully as faculty members and as pastors and missionaries.”
During the display ceremony, the Seminary’s choir Laudamus sang “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” before a black curtain was removed, unveiling the display. The library erupted in applause. Afterward, Dean of Chapel Dr. Kent Burreson officiated the Rite of Blessing.
“God, bless and sanctify this endowment display, which is offered in honor of Your only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,” Burreson said in his prayer. “Grant that it may reflect our love for You and for one another, benefit Your church, bring joy to all who see it and lead us to give thanks for these endowed chairs and the gifts of the people of God who made them possible.”
This library display was made possible through a generous gift from Seminary Board of Regents member Dr. LeRoy Wilke and his wife, Jane. Photo: Kendra Whittle
The endowed chairs include:
The Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Chair of Homiletics and Literature
Provided by Bea and Charles E. Benidt in memory of his late son, Gregg. Occupied by Dr. David R. Schmitt, professor of Practical Theology.
The Buehner-Duesenberg Chair of Missions
Provided by Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg in memory of her parents, Rev. Andrew J. and Pauline Buehner. Occupied by Dr. Victor A. Raj, professor of Exegetical Theology.
The Gustav and Sophie Butterbach Chair of Exegetical Theology
Provided by Gustav A. Butterbach in memory of his parents, Gustav and Sophie Butterbach. Occupied by Dr. Andrew H. Bartelt, professor of Exegetical Theology.
The Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Chair of Theology
Provided by Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke. Occupied by Dr. Charles P. Arand, professor of Systematic Theology.
The Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Chair of Systematic Theology
Provided by Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke in memory of Eugene’s father, Louis A. Fincke, and Nell’s mother, Anna B. Shine. Occupied by Dr. Kent J. Burreson, associate professor of Systematic Theology, and Dr. David R. Maxwell, associate professor of Systematic Theology.
The Waldemar and Mary Griesbach Chair of Systematic Theology
Provided by Mary Griesbach in memory of her late husband, Waldemar. Occupied by Dr. Joel P. Okamoto, associate professor of Systematic Theology.
The Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Chair of New Testament Theology
Provided by Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury. Occupied by Dr. James W. Voelz, graduate professor of Exegetical Theology.
The Werner R.H. Krause and Elizabeth Ringger Krause Chair of Hispanic Ministries
(Catedra Werner R.H. y Elizabeth Ringger Krause de Ministerios Hispanos)
Provided by Werner R.H. Krause and Elizabeth Ringger Krause. Occupied by Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M., associate professor of Systematic Theology.
The Lutheran Foundation Chair of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry
Provided by the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis. Occupied by Rev. Laokouxang (Kou) Seying, associate professor of Practical Theology.
The Waldemar A. and June Schuette Chair of Systematic Theology
Provided by June and Waldemar A. Schuette. Occupied by Dr. Joel D. Biermann, professor of Systematic Theology.
Learn more about the Seminary’s endowed chairs at www.csl.edu/friends/alumni-endowment/endowed-chairs.
To learn more about the Seminary’s endowments, please call Seminary Advancement at 800-822-5287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Generations Campaign is going to help ensure that our families for generations to come will have the opportunity to hear the truth of Jesus from pastors who know it and model it in their lives,” said Seminary President Dr. Dale A. Meyer. “Many of us were privileged to grow up in strong congregations.
I want my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren to have that same rich spiritual experience that I have had and you have had. Concordia Seminary is all about the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all people and, now especially, for coming generations.”
Dr. Dale Meyer
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis