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Faith & Ministry

Where faith meets life.

At Concordia St. Paul, we equip you to discover your own unique combination of gifts, passion, and purpose so that the world might see, hear, feel, and experience Christ’s love through you. Join with others in cultivating your potential for making a positive impact wherever God might lead you, into all the places where faith meets life.

  • Where excellence meets life.

    Academic rigor is a given; what sets CSP apart is the commitment of our faculty to embrace their own vocational calling as they teach, guide, and mentor you toward success. Leaders in their own field, they will equip you with knowledge, cultivate your critical thinking skills, and do all they can to help you flourish.

    No matter what you choose to study, an undercurrent of faith and ethics will prepare you to be a principled leader in your field.

  • Where community meets life.

    Life is lived better together. The CSP community is here to walk beside you in the ups and the downs, the tears and the laughter, the whispers and the shouts of life. Living and learning in community means encouraging each other in our daily walk. For those struggling, it can mean listening and supporting. For those rejoicing, it can mean celebrating. Whatever you need, day in and day out, our community of God’s people will be Christ for you.

    Integral to our thriving community is the CSP Ministry team, who blends formal opportunities for things such as worship, devotions, and Bible study with various informal moments of servant-hearted ministry so that you can be fully prepared to be sent into the world as a blessing to others.

  • Where serving meets life.

    Concordia St. Paul is set within a dynamic urban environment that is differentiated in cultures, experiences, and beliefs. Our particular setting creates multiple opportunities for becoming the hands and feet of Jesus and for modeling love and compassion in all the places where we study, work, and live.

    Whether you are interested in volunteering on campus, engaging in service projects, or going on a mission trip, you will have ample opportunity to demonstrate how faith in action makes a positive difference in the lives of others. The more you serve, the more you will discover the blessings of servant-hearted leadership.

  • Where discernment meets life.

    Christ works through all of us to be His instruments of love to others. Perhaps you are one those considering whether God is calling you to reach out to others through professional service within the church.

    Whether you come to campus already planning to pursue full-time church work or are not yet sure, CSP is the place for exploring the possibilities.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)


CSP Ministry

CSP Ministry is a Christ-centered ministry, rooted in God’s Word, that is dedicated to serving Concordia University, St. Paul in four main ministry areas:

  • Equipping: Peer Ministry, Student-led & Staff-led Bible Study Opportunities, Student Workers
  • Caring: Peer Ministry, Prayer Ministry, Online Ministry Devotions & Encouragements
  • Welcoming: Intentional Ministry of Presence, Campus Events, Student Ministry Clubs – 908 & Theology & Ministry Club
  • Worshiping: Morning Chapel, Evening Chapel, In the Community

We believe our team of staff and student leaders are the public faces of CSP Ministry, but that CSP Ministry is made up of any faculty, staff, or student that is a believer in Jesus, called to be the light of Christ.

More about services and worship opportunities.


  • Morning Chapel

    Monday & Friday – 10:30 a.m.
    Wednesday – 7:30 a.m. (early communion)
    Tuesday & Thursday – 11:10 a.m.

    A Typical Week in Chapel
    Chapel times include a variety of forms, orders, and leaders. It is our goal that the beautiful diversity of our campus community and its gifts can be represented in the chapel. To reach that goal of variety and involvement, our weekly order will not always be the same, but generally, some common themes can be expected. No matter the form or the leader, though, we will always gather around the Gospel of Christ as found in the Holy Scriptures.

    • Monday – Service of the Word and song
    • Tuesday – Service of the Word and song
    • Wednesday – Convocations, Communion, and other orders
    • Thursday –  A rotation of traditional orders of Matins, Morning Prayer, and Celtic Daily Prayer often accompanied by the Jubilate Choir
    • Friday – Service of the Word and song

    Questions about morning chapel? Would you like to get involved or help out? Contact the team!

    Evening Chapel

    Evening chapels are student-led devotional times on campus that range from very quiet and contemplative to full band leading contemporary music and everything in between. You are welcome to join us for any and all evening chapels to end your day with thanksgiving to God and hear about his love for you. If you’d like to help with evening chapel, contact the team or the student leaders leading the services.
    • Compline – Monday at 10 p.m. It is a traditional, peaceful worship liturgy to celebrate the closing of the day.
    • Taize / Contemplative – Tuesday at 10 p.m. It is a contemplative, reflective time of worship where Scripture is read and sung. This service often includes a time of reflective silence for prayer.
    • 908 – Wednesday at 9:08 p.m. 908 is a time of contemporary worship including a worship band, student or guest speakers, and prayer time.
    • Holden Evening Prayer – Thursday at 10 p.m. It is a beautiful piano-led service of singing and prayer.
  • Most of our opportunities and hang time happen in 3 main places:

    • Graebner Memorial Chapel / Cross of Christ Fellowship Center (CCFC)/ the Underground
      Where you’ll find daily chapel, the CSP Ministry staff office, and coffee, snacks, & hang out space! 
    • The Living Room
      A comfy space on the tunnel for homework, hanging out, meetings, Bible studies, and making others feel welcome on campus.
    • Prayer Chapel
      A small, quiet space for individual or small group prayer and conversation at the bottom level of the Behm Crossroads, below the Buenger Education Center.
    • FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) – Thursday nights at 9 p.m. in the Underground (basement of the chapel) |
    • 908 – Wednesday nights at 9:08 p.m. in the Chapel |
    • Propel Women’s Ministry – Monday nights at 9 p.m. in the Living Room (in the tunnel by the game rooms) |
    • Cornerstone Men’s Ministry – Monday nights at 9 p.m. in the Underground |
  • CSP Ministry sees Bible Study as an incredibly important piece of Christian life and discipleship. CSP Ministry offers seasonal study opportunities and resources during Lent and other times. We also equip students and staff to lead and facilitate Bible Studies in their areas of campus as well.

  • Peer Ministers are a team of students who are trained to be an aware and welcoming presence on campus. These are students who are seeking to live out the welcoming and serving heart of Jesus in their everyday lives at Concordia. Peer Ministers are an important ministry for Concordia as well as a valuable equipping experience for Christian students. They are students who help others connect with community, resources, and Jesus. If you would like to connect with a Peer Minister, send us an email at

  • We love having as many different people involved in chapel as possible. Do you like to read aloud? Are you interested in running sound or visuals? Do you play an instrument or sing? Do you do skits or dance? We would love to have you use your gifts in chapel!

  • Connecting faith, learning, and life together.

    Solus Christus Fellows is a program where student cohorts meet weekly and engage in thoughtful discussions of readings that deepen their faith, build community, and help them to live well in their various God-given callings in life. In addition to weekly cohort meetings, students are invited to attend multiple social events throughout the school year.

    Click here to learn more.

Church Work Programs

More than a job. A calling.
Church Work Programs offered at CSP
95.3 %

Placement rate within six months of graduation (geographically mobile grads)

$ 6,000

Church Work students are guaranteed a maximum of $6,000 in tuition per academic year.

Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS)

CSP is proud to be a Christ-centered LCMS university.
LCMS Website

Church Work Faculty

Concordia St. Paul’s church work faculty all have advanced degrees and are some of the nation’s leading experts in urban ministry, Christian education, theology, Christian leadership and more.

Rev. Dr. Samuel Deressa

Assistant Professor of Theology & the Global South

Dr. Lynn Gehrke

Chair - Department of Undergraduate Teacher Education

Rev. Dr. Joshua Hollmann

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Rev. Dr. Mark Koschmann

Chair of the Department of Theology & Ministry

Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing

Professor of Theology & Ministry, Director of The Center for Biblical Studies

Dr. Heath Lewis, DCE

Assistant Professor of Christian Education & Leadership, Director of the DCE Program

Lonn Maly

Dean College of Education & Science

Dr. David Mennicke

Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies

Dr. Michele Pickel

Professor of Teacher Education

Rev. Dr. Mark Schuler

Professor of Theology, Greek, and Archaeology

Dr. Suzanne Starks

Associate Professor of Education