Rev. Dr. Chad Kendall has been named assistant provost for mission & identity, as well as visiting assistant professor of theology, at Concordia University Chicago. He will play a key part in ensuring that the University continues to live out its mission faithfully.
His responsibilities will include recruiting qualified, mission-minded faculty and administrators, as well as leading employee development in regard to the intersection of faith and the academic enterprise. In his role, he will oversee the ongoing improvement of the University’s general education curriculum, consistent with its commitment to truth, freedom and vocation.
Kendall comes to Concordia-Chicago from St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton, IL where he has served as a pastor since 2020. Prior to that, he was a pastor in Indiana for 12 years and in Iowa for six years. He completed his doctoral degree in missiology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. Kendall is currently the chair of the LCMS Northern Illinois District taskforce on multiethnic mission and ministry.
“I once read a commentator talk about Clement of Alexandria's approach to the world with the gospel in this way: ‘The zoe can be manifested only within a bios.’ From the Greek, this means that the spiritual life is meant to be brought into the physical life,” says Kendall. “The love of Christ is incarnate—in our midst! This defines my approach as pastor, professor and now assistant provost. I am looking forward to working with everyone as we share the love of Christ together and work toward goals as a nurturing community that will help bring a bright future to Concordia University Chicago!”