Debra Arfsten, PhD

Professor of Christian Education

Director, Christian Education

College of Education

Dr. Arfsten teaches church leadership development, DCE practicum and seminar, foundations of DCE ministry, parish education, and leadership practicum in Christian education. Servant leadership and Christian education are among her areas of research interest. Dr. Arfsten has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2004. 


  • PhD, Higher Education Leadership, Colorado State University; Fort Collins, Colo.
  • MA, Parish Education, Concordia University Nebraska; Seward Neb.
  • BA, Director of Christian Education, Concordia University Nebraska; Seward, Neb.

Academic and Professional Highlights


  • Board member, National Association of Directors of Christian Education