Concordia paid tribute to its heritage by celebrating Founders Day on Monday, Nov. 18. A special chapel service and reception commemorated the occasion.
Brad Birtell delivered the chapel message. Birtell graduated from Concordia College in 1988 with a degree in sociology and a pre-seminary endorsement. After graduating from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1992, he began his ministry at St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church in Young America, Minn., serving as associate pastor. In 1996, Birtell began serving at St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church in Columbus, Neb. Brad and his wife, Christie, have three children, Porter, Britney and Sawyer, who all attended Concordia.
Dr. Jerrald Pfabe, emeritus professor of history, gave a short overview of the schoolâ€™s German founding and early curriculum.
Refreshments were offered following the service in the Weller Hall lobby and in academic buildings around campus.