My First Love of Architecture Began at Concordia Seminary, St.Louis

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Not many may know but my introduction to St.Louis, Missouri was the result of my father making a career change. After several years in the banking industry, my father went back to school to become a Lutheran pastor. We arrived from the Wisconsin/Minnesota area in 1984 on a hot August day where the temp was 105 degrees. I was a mere 13 yrs old and seeing the Concordia Seminary campus was like moving to the area of a castle and courtyards. The architecture blew me away and I was a huge fan ever since.

Luther Tower, Concordia Seminary, St.Louis

Its peaceful campus has been a refuge of sorts for me over the many years as I moved and traveled in and out of the St.Louis area. The gothic campus buildings were constructed in 1922 with Luther Tower being completed in 1966. It was a blessing and a privilege to grow-up with this beautiful campus as my backdrop.

In December of 2014 I had the honor of becoming a campus Photographer and Web Developer for Concordia Seminary, my father’s alma mater. While on staff at Concordia I captured this evening photograph of the quad of Luther Tower and the surrounding buildings.

Concordia Seminary, St.Louis

After “Call Day” 2015’s evening service, when newly graduated student pastors are assigned their first church, I captured this nighttime photograph from an adjacent building. This image capture was a few seconds long, which at that exact moment also captured a commercial jet flying directly above the cross at the top of the Chapel of St. Timothy & St. Titus. These two photographs were part of the Concordia Seminary wall calendar for 2016. The evening Call Day photograph was also awarded the First Place Award of Excellence in the category of Photography by the Associated Church Press, for its appearance in Concordia Seminary Magazine.

Chapel of St. Timothy & St. Titus, Concordia Seminary, St.Louis. Photograph given "Award of Excellence" by Associated Church Press

Around this time I captured some sunlit tulips in front of the Chapel of St. Timothy & St. Titus. That photograph was later featured on the cover of Dr. Dale Meyer’s book Word Alive!, who was serving as Concordia Seminary’s Campus President. Dr. Meyer’s book of his selected sermons was published in 2017.

Cover of Dr. Dale Meyer's book of sermons entitled "Word Alive!"
Chapel of St. Timothy & St. Titus, Concordia Seminary, St.Louis
Courtyard by Luther Tower, Concordia Seminary, St.Louis
Chapel of the Holy Apostles, Concordia Seminary, St.Louis

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