Editor's note: This story first appeared in the spring 2019 issue of the Arbor Light, the official magazine of Concordia University Ann Arbor.

Many are endeared to Concordia University Ann Arbor for its familial atmosphere.

It’s not uncommon to have a professor follow up on a prayer request shared in class or to receive a personal greeting from an acquaintance met in passing. Professors come to campus at night to lead study sessions before a big exam or sometimes even invite classes into their home for a review.

Concordia is a place that cares; a place where students are known; a place that nurtures students in mind, body, and spirit. It’s like a family.

For some, the familial familiarity is literal. This academic year, CUAA happens to have a number of siblings on campus, which adds to the close-knit community already present and carries on a tradition that many other families before them have enjoyed.

No matter how different, or similar, siblings may be, there’s something for everyone at CUAA. Here are a few siblings’ takes on what it’s like to be a part of the Concordia family with an actual family member.

Angela (’20) + Jonathan Knicklebein (’21)

Ypsilanti, Michigan

  • Have seven other siblings, besides each other
  • Describe their relationship as “steady”






Preston (’20) + Jordan Sherman (’22)

Homer, Michigan

  • Cardinals Baseball teammates
  • Both have plans to take over the family business






Hannah (’21) + Micah Biermann (’22)

Grand Blanc, Michigan

  • Members of the Concordia Choir
  • Describe sibling dynamic as “authentic”






Esther Schulze (’20) + Emmi (Schulze) Forbes (’20)

Brooklyn, New York

  • Born one minute apart
  • Were roommates the first five semesters of college






Jonathan (’19) + Sierra Detwiler (’20)

Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • 18 months and 4 days apart
  • Jonathan gave Sierra her first tour of campus






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Photography by Allie Milot (’21)

— Rachel (Ferry) Thoms is manager of campus communications for Concordia University Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 734-476-7736.

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