President & Governance
Past Presidents of CLS
The Rev. Dr. W. Th. Janzow
(Term of Presidency 1984 1987)
The Rev. Dr. W. Th. Janzow, organizing president of Concordia Lutheran Seminary was installed on June 18, 1984 as the first president of Concordia Lutheran Seminary. Following the installation, Dr. Janzow and the other officiants met the congregation at the Seminary building and formally dedicated it to the glory of God and the forming of Lutheran pastors. Dr. Janzow previously served 25 years on the faculty of Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska and of those years, 14 years as president. Dr. Janzow retired from Concordia Lutheran Seminary July 31, 1987.
The Rev. Dr. Milton L. Rudnick
(Term of Presidency 1987 1992)
The second president of Concordia Lutheran Seminary was The Rev. President Milton L. Rudnick who was installed on August 30, 1987 at the beginning of the fourth academic year. Dr. Rudnick received his Ph.D from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1963. For twenty-five years, he served on the faculty as College Professor and administrator at Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1984 he began serving Synod as a Regional Development Director until arriving in Edmonton. After almost 40 years in the ministry, Dr. Rudnick retired from the seminary in 1992 moving back to the United States later.
The Rev. Dr. L. Dean Hemplemann
(Term of Presidency 1993 1999)
The Rev. Dr. L. Dean Hempelmann, the third president of Concordia Lutheran seminary, assumed his duties in October, 1993 with the Inauguration and Installation service on November 21, 1993. Dr. Hempelmann earned a Ph.D. in 1984 from St. Louis University in the area of Historical Theology and an S.T.M. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in New Testament Theology and M.Div. degree in 1966 from the same institution. Moreover, he is widely recognized as an outstanding teacher and lecturer in the area of Pastoral Theology. He has memberships in many professional societies, awards, lengthy service record both within and outside of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He is an author, contributor and has given significant presentations. President L. Dean Hempelmann left the Seminary at the end of October, 1999 to take up a new leadership post within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod based in St. Louis.
The Rev. Dr. Arthur (Andy) D. Bacon
(Term of Presidency 2000 2005)
The Rev. Dr. Arthur Dennis Bacon accepted a call to become the fourth president of Concordia Lutheran Seminary in 2000. A senior administrator and educator in Lutheran Higher Education in the United States, he came to the Edmonton seminary from his home in Cumming, Iowa. Dr. Bacon holds five academic degrees and earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, and school administration from Michigan State University in 1988. A military chaplain in the United States Army Reserve, Dr. Bacon (rank of colonel), served in Germany in the mid-1990s, and in January 2003 Dr. Bacon was called to active service for military operations in Iraq. Returning to the Seminary in March 2004, he again took up the duties as president, but in June 2005, was once again called for military duty in Iraq, for an extended period of time, thereby resigning his position as President of the Seminary effective July 1, 2005.
The Rev. Dr. Manfred Zeuch
(Term of Presidency 2007 2011)
The Rev. Dr. Manfred Zeuch was called to the seminary in May 2006, arrived in January 2007, and was installed in March 2007. Born in Guatemala, his childhood was spent in Germany and Brazil, and he graduated from Seminario Concordia (Porto Alegre, Brazil). He served congregations in Brazil and spent eleven years as a missionary in the Alsace region of France. While in France he earned his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Strasbourg. After returning to Brazil he served as a professor of theology at the Universidade Lutherana do Brasil (ULBRA) until he began his service to Concordia Lutheran Seminary. Under his supervision the seminary undertook an extensive curriculum review, with the new curriculum being put into place in September 2009. He was also involved with the church in confronting the challenges of developing a cost-efficient and sustainable model of theological education. Dr. Zeuch resigned from the position of seminary president on October 2011, and subsequently took the position of Vice-President International and Director of the M.A. program in Biblical and Christian Studies at Concordia University College of Alberta (now Concordia University of Edmonton) in April 2012.