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Concordia University Celebrates Three Retiring Faculty Members

Concordia University, St. Paul celebrated the retirement of three faculty members this spring, honoring Dr. Dale Trapp, Dr. Mark Press and Dr. Jim Gimbel with special retirement chapel services. The trio are leaving Concordia after giving a combined 51 years of service to CSP.


Dr. Dale Trapp

A faculty member at Concordia University since 1982, Dr. Dale Trapp taught courses in physics, astronomy, geology and meteorology over his 32-year career at CSP. Prior to arriving in St. Paul, Dr. Trapp was a high school teacher for 13 years at Lutheran High School West (1968-81) in Detroit, Mich., and was a grade school principal (1981-82 at St. Peter’s Lutheran School in St. Johns Mich.

Dr. Trapp graduated from General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich., where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering (1967). He then spent one year at Concordia University, River Forest, where he became licensed as a secondary physical science teacher and satisfying requirements to be called as a Lutheran school teacher. Dr. Trapp went on to receive a M.S. degree Aeronomy and Planetary Atmospheres in 1973 and was granted a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a geology emphasis from the University of Minnesota in 1995.

Dale and his late wife Gretchen have four daughters (Erica, Jennifer, Rebecca and Doree). Three of their daughters graduated from CSP.


Rev. Dr. Mark Press

Rev. Dr. Mark Press served as the Director of the Oswald Hoffmann Institute for Christian Outreach at Concordia since 2006. In this role he helped encourage students (undergrad and graduate level) in Christian outreach to work with various partners in training outreach leaders, and to influence the university campus (and beyond) for the kingdom of Christ.

Prior to coming to CSP Rev. Press served for nearly 30 years as a parish pastor in churches in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. During those years, he developed a passion for church planting, which resulted in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Missiology. Rev. Press earned a PhD in Missiology (2004) and a Master of Divinity (1977) from Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, Ind.), and received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University) in Seward, Neb., in 1972.

Mark and his wife Connie have raised three children (Sarah, Jeremy and Nathan) and have two grandchildren.


Rev. Dr. James Gimbel

A graduate of Concordia University, St. Paul (’81), Dr. James Gimbel began his service at CSP in 2002, after serving as senior editor of youth, family, and Sunday School materials for Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis. While at Concordia, Rev. Gimbel held dual appointments in the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Business and Organizational Leadership, at various points chairing the B.A. in Organizational Management and Communications, the Department of Christian Ministries, the M.A. in Leadership and Management, and the M.A. in Strategic Communication Management, the last as tenured graduate professor.

Since leaving full-time parish ministry, he has served seven congregations in vacancy or intentional interim ministry, each for nearly two years. He and Jill were married in 1978, and are blessed with Andy (Laura, Miriam and Lila), Abby, and Jo (Gavin). He currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he serves as President of Concordia Lutheran Seminary, part of the Lutheran Church-Canada.


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