Concordia Lutheran Seminary


James Gimbel, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D. Jim Gimbel

Concordia College, St. Paul, MN (B.A. Educational Psychology 1981); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div. 1985); Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA (Ph.D. Social Psychology/Organizational Leadership 2002); South Dakota District Youth Staffer (1977-1978); Youth Director, Gloria Dei Lutheran, Minneapolis, MN (1978-1980); Pastor, Zion and Zion Lutheran Churches, Kramer and Gardena, ND (1985-1988); Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Towner, ND (1987-1988), Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND (1988-1996); Sr. Editor of Youth, Family, and Sunday School Material, Concordia Publishing House (1996-2002); Professor, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN (2002-2013); President, Concordia Lutheran Seminary since January 2014.

Research interests

Leadership in Church and Society

Adolescent Faith Development

Adult Education, Online Learning

Entrepreneurial and Innovative Ministry

Strategic Planning

Most Recent Publications

Reformation 500: Heart and Sola. Canadian Lutheran, Vol 32:5. (2018 Canadian Journalism award for feature article).

A Theological Christian Perspective on Physician Assisted Suicide. Lutheran Theological Review, Vol 28.

Lutherans for Life Sunday School Curriculum (complete set of 9 lessons).

The Apostles' Creed, CPH, 2006

God, My Creator; Jesus, My Savior; Holy Spirit, My Helper; CPH, 2004

TLC Teaching, CPH, 2002

Childrens' Ministry FAQs, CPH, 2000

Campus Connections, CPH, 1999


Keeping Lutheran Adolescent Males connected to Church, May 2019

The Four Solas: Sun City, AZ; Prince Albert, SK; Lloydminster, AB; ND District, 2017-2018

Christianity & Pop Culture (LCC Youth Gathering, Calgary Youth Gathering), July 2016, November 2017

Lutheran Theology Regarding Physician Assisted Suicide (Concordia University), November 2015& 2017

Living the Fatih (Central District LWMLC), October 2015

Adolescent Faith Development (Riverbend, Edmonton; Foothills, Calgary), September, 2015

Keynoter, LCC Central District Convention, LCC East District Convention, February & May 2015