Throughout the summer now past, there was a lot of preparation taking place at Concordia. Faculty and students were preparing for another academic year, and our leadership team was preparing for the first change of presidential leadership in nearly a quarter of a century.

The theme “Prepare the Way” describes well what is happening on our Concordia campuses. On one level, many may think that this theme refers to getting ready for our next president. And certainly we do want to ready ourselves for that day. But those words have a much deeper meaning in light of our mission of preparing students for lives of service to Christ in the Church and the world.

Many will recognize the biblical referenceof “Prepare the Way” as it refers to the work of John the Baptist as the forerunner of Christ. Even as John prepared the way for the incarnate Christ, Concordia, along with the whole Christian Church on earth, is preparing the way for the triumphant return of Christ. Nothing is more important than equipping our students to live our mission as faith-filled followers of Jesus.

During this year of transition, please keep Concordia in your personal prayers as we prepare the way for our next president, but more importantly as we prepare the way for our students to serve Christ in the Church and the world.


President, Concordia University Foundation

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Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the fall 2021 issue of Hearts Together, a Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor Special Magazine edition. The fall/winter issue hit mailboxes in early October. View a PDF version of the magazine here. If you are not on our mailing list, but are interested in receiving a free copy, email

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