Kevin Borchers, PhD

Associate Professor of Christian Education

Director of Christian Education (DCE) Program - Assistant Director / University Marshal

College of Education

Dr. Borchers teaches Christian education courses to students pursuing careers as professional church workers. He focuses on equipping and training lifespan educational leaders for service in the church.

Among the courses he teaches are Parish Education Perspectives, Parish Teaching I & II, DCE Senior Seminar, Administration of Parish Education, Intro to DCE Ministry, and Youth Ministry Theory & Practice. He also advises the DCE Student Leadership Council.

Dr. Borchers has been a member of the Concordia-Chicago faculty since 2008. Prior to his role at CUC, he served as a parish DCE for 27 years.


  • Ph.D., Organizational Leadership - Concordia University Chicago
  • M.S., Family Life - Concordia University Nebraska
  • B.A., Education - Concordia University Chicago

Academic and Professional Highlights

Prior Professional and Academic Positions

  • Director of Christian Education - St. Peter Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL (January 1996 to July 2008)
  • Director of Christian Education - Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, WI (August 1989 to January 1996)
  • Teacher, Concordia Lutheran School - Peoria, IL (July 1983 to August 1989)
  • Director of Christian Education - Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, MN (June 1981 to July 1983)


  • Administration
  • Christian Education
  • Faith Development
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Parish Education
  • Servant Leadership
  • Teaching Methods
  • Youth Ministry


  • "Straight from the Source: Why LCMS Young Adults Are Staying in the Church...Or Not." with Kiessling, M., Shults, J., Rueter, D. Best Practices for Ministry Conference; Phoenix, AZ. February 23-24, 2018.
  • "Retention of Lutheran Millennials: 2017 LCMS Study of Young Adults." with Curnutt, R., Kiessling, M., Shults, J., & Rueter, D. LCMS Youth Ministry Symposium 2018; St. Louis, MO. January 28-30, 2018.
  • "Leadership Makes A Differerence: Creating a Positive Organizational Culture in Your Ministry." Best Practices for Ministry - Heartland Conference; Columbus, IN. October 11, 2017.
  • "Who are these kids?" Best Practices for Ministry Conference; Phoenix, AZ. February 19, 2016.
  • "Teaching the millennial generation." (With Arfsten, D.). Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. April 9, 2014.
  • "Ministry in the emerging culture." Lutheran Education Association Convocation; Cincinnati, OH. 2011.


  • Borchers, K. L., Schultz, G. G., & Stengl, R. (2011). Ministry in the emerging culture. In D. R. Hansen & B. A. Mai (Eds.), Together: Preparing Christian educators for the future (pp. 221-229). Portland, OR: Concordia University.
  • Borchers, K. L. (2010). Adjusting our sights. Lutheran Education Journal, 143(4), Retrieved from http://lej.cuchicago.edu/columns/dce-expressions…adjusting-our-sights/ Borchers, K. L. (2009).
  • Book review: Confirmation basics. Lutheran Education Journal, 143(1), 43-46.