May 06, 2024 Print This Article

Seminary celebrates 15 faculty, staff for significant anniversary milestones

200 combined years of service

The Concordia Seminary community celebrated significant anniversary milestones of 15 faculty and staff members with a combined 200 years of service to the Seminary. The faculty and staff were recognized during a daily service in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. An outdoor reception followed on Chapel Plaza.

“The Lord has given Concordia Seminary many gifts to carry out the beautiful work He has placed in our hands. After the Gospel itself, the most precious of these gifts are the faculty and staff who serve here,” Seminary President Dr. Thomas J. Egger said of the honorees. “Today, we give thanks to God for brothers and sisters who are celebrating milestone anniversaries. May the name of Jesus continue to be glorified in their lives and their labors!”

After the names of the honored faculty and staff were read, the congregation gave a round of applause.

Those recognized included:

  • Dr. Charles Arand, Professor of Systematic Theology, 35 years
  • Dr. James W. Voelz, Graduate Professor of Exegetical Theology, 35 years
  • Dr. David Lewis, Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology, 20 years
  • Dr. David Maxwell, Professor of Systematic Theology, 20 years
  • Dr. Alan Borcherding, Director, Research, Assessment and Academic Programming, 10 years
  • Dr. Joel Elowsky, Professor of Historical Theology, 10 years
  • Dr. Mark Rockenbach, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, 10 years
  • Vicki Biggs, Senior Vice President, Seminary Advancement, 10 years
  • Kathy Daniels, Executive Assistant to the Provost and to Dean of Faculty, 10 years
  • Laura Hemmer, Director, Financial Aid, 10 years
  • Alix-Ann O’Brien, Director, Campus Services, 10 years
  • Rev. Joel Fritsche, Assistant Professor of Exegetical Theology, five years
  • Kathy Luther, Executive Director, Seminary Support, five years
  • Katie Nafzger, Women’s Coordinator, Families in Transition for Residential and Specific Ministry Pastor Program, five years
  • Frank Reinsel, Senior Operations Manager, Technology Services, five years 

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