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Concordia University’s Holst recognized for mission emphasis

The Rev. Dr. Robert Holst, president of Concordia University, St. Paul, a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) school, was recently honored with the Great Commission award. The award was given by Concordia University, Irvine, California, also part of the LCMS’s Concordia University system, at a special “Gala of Stars” ceremony.

Nominees for the award are selected based on a life that demonstrates commitment to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). The nominees are then voted on by the faculty of Concordia University, Irvine.

“He (Holst) is a well-respected scholar and minister. I believe that was important to the faculty.” -Mary Scott

Holst received the award on May 22. “I believe the faculty chose Dr. Holst because of his mission work in the past. He has also been here at Concordia, Irvine,” said Mary Scott, the executive vice-president and provost of Concordia University, Irvine. “He is a well-respected scholar and minister. I believe that was important to the faculty,” she added.

Holst served five years in Papua New Guinea. He also was one of the founding faculty members of Concordia University, Irvine.

Holst will return to Concordia University, Irvine, in the fall, too. He will speak during the inauguration of Dr. Kurt Krueger, Concordia University’s incoming president.

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