Reformation 500 Committee

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Reverend Timothy Maschke is Professor of Theology at Concordia University Wisconsin, where he has served since 1982. Prior to coming to Concordia, he pastored Lutheran parishes in Itasca (The Lutheran Church of St Luke) and Elgin (St John’s), Illinois. Maschke graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1974 with a Masters of Divinity degree and earned his Masters in Sacred Theology from that school in 1981. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1984 and in 1993 earned his PhD in Historical Theology under the late Luther scholar, Dr. Kenneth Hagen at Marquette University.

Dr. Maschke teaches courses in biblical, doctrinal, historical, and practical theology, with special interests in Luther, Lutheran doctrine and Lutheran worship. A second (updated and expanded) edition of his book, Gathered Guests: A Guide to Worship in the Lutheran Church, was published in 2009 by Concordia Publishing House. He recently completed a history of Christianity textbook. He is a popular preacher and presents at a variety of conferences and workshops throughout the United States. He holds membership in several professional organizations, including the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference and the American Society of Church History, and is the corporate representative for Lutheran Quarterly. He contributes book reviews and articles for several professional journals.

Mr. Jeffrey Bandurski is a 1979 graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Marketing. Following a five-year career in sports journalism where he had an opportunity to cover The Milwaukee Brewers’ lone World Series appearance in 1982, Bandurski started at Concordia University Wisconsin in September, 1985.

The former Public Relations Director at CUW for 10 years, Bandurski was promoted to Director of University Relations in July, 1995, where he was instrumental in overseeing marketing of all undergraduate and graduate programs at the university as a member of The Marketing Council. He has also coordinated major summer conferences and conventions on campus for 20 years, including The Higher Things Youth Conference in July, 2014 which attracted over 1,100 high school aged youths.

On July 1, 2015, Bandurski was named Senior Communications Director, Events & Sponsorships.

Curt Gielow is a graduate of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and practiced both retail and hospital pharmacy in his career. Mr. Gielow received a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. A former pharmacist, hospital executive, executive search consultant and small businessman, Gielow was elected to public office in 1997 as a city alderman for two terms and was later elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly where he served two terms. In 2010 he was elected mayor of the city of Mequon, Wisconsin. While in the state legislature Representative Gielow was awarded the Legislator of the Year Award by both the Wisconsin Hospital Association as well as the Wisconsin Medical Society.

Upon retirement from the Wisconsin Legislature, Representative Gielow became the Founding Executive Dean of the Concordia School of Pharmacy where he was responsible for building, fundraising, and operations of the university’s new pharmacy program.

In 2013 the university promoted Dean Gielow to Vice President and Campus Chief Executive of the Ann Arbor Michigan campus of Concordia University. The Ann Arbor and Wisconsin campuses of Concordia University merged into a single university in July 2013 and Mr. Gielow leads that integration and assimilation in Michigan as well as the day-to-day operations of the campus.

Dr. Susan Mobley is Professor of History and currently serves as the Chair of the History Department.  Dr. Mobley completed her B.A. at the University of Oklahoma and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She teaches courses on various eras of European history, including Classical, medieval, Renaissance and Reformation.  In addition, she teaches courses on Western Civilization, Byzantium, nursing history and Latin.

Her research interests focus on education in Western Civilization, with a particular emphasis upon the Renaissance and Reformation periods.  She has delivered papers at various conferences, given presentations, and written articles on aspects of this topic.  She serves as a contributing member to the Two Kingdoms Network, a think tank for Lutheran higher education.

At CUW, she serves as co-chair of the Core Curriculum Task Force, serves on the Reformation 500 committee and the Core Curriculum committee, serves as a faculty marshal, and is a member of Concordia Chorale.  She lives in Thiensville with her husband, Van (Associate Professor of History and Economics at CUW), and her two sons, Pierce and Quinn.

Dr. Adam D. Paape has been on the faculty of Concordia University Wisconsin since 2010.  He serves in the Secondary Education department.  He received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.  He holds an M.S. degree in Educational Administration and a B.A. in Secondary Education – Mathematics from Concordia University Wisconsin.  Dr. Paape’s first call was to serve as a mathematics and theology instructor at Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  He also served at Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, Washington as a math instructor.  Prior to his call to Concordia University Wisconsin, he served as an adjunct professor in mathematics education at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Paape’s instructional focus is in the area of mathematics education, mentoring future teachers of mathematics.  His research interests focus on student-centered mathematics instruction, with an emphasis on implementing rich, conceptual mathematical tasks to engage all learners.  He serves on the statewide board of directors for the Wisconsin Mathematics Council. 

Pastor Steve Smith has served as Campus Pastor and Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia since 2002.  In addition to teaching theology classes, he oversees Chapel and all the worship on campus as well as working with talented colleagues in leading CUW’s campus ministry.  Over 50 students lead hundreds of their peers in a wide variety of ministries of service and faith development.

His academic training includes a BA in English Literature from the Honors College of the University of Michigan.  He attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis where he received the Master of Divinity degree.  He did advanced study to receive the Master of Sacred Theology degree with an emphasis in homiletics and education, culminating in a thesis titled, “An Analysis of Gospel Elements in Selected Major Works of Charles Dickens,” blending his love of theology and literature.

His previous ministry experience includes the small and wonderful parish of Salem Lutheran Church in Madelia, MN as his first call from seminary and serving briefly as one of three pastors at a large and vibrant church in Decatur, IL (St. Paul Lutheran).  He also served at campus pastor at Concordia University River Forest, IL (now Concordia University Chicago) from 1994-2001.

Dr. Jason Soenksen has been teaching courses in Bible, Hebrew, and Greek at CUW since 2005. He earned a B.A. in Biblical Languages from Concordia University Chicago, an M.Div.  from Concordia Seminary, an M.A. in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis, and the Ph.D. in History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Dr. Soenksen’s recent scholarship includes an article on the Vulgate of Job for the Brill History of Textual transmission and a translation of Jerome’s commentary on Amos for InterVarsity (forthcoming). He is currently working on a commentary on Micah for the Concordia Commentary Series. He lives in Grafton with his wife, Michelle, and their two girls, Emma and Rachel.

Dr. Gaylund K. Stone, originally from Willoughby, Ohio, has been at Concordia University since 1991. He served as Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences from 1998 to 2015 and is currently Chair of the Art Department and Program Director for the Graduate Program in Art Education. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a specialization in art education and a minor in philosophy. He holds an M.Ed. degree in Art Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and an A.B. in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University. His primary studio interest is painting in both oils and acrylics. His research interests center on the relationships between artistic behaviors and cognitive processes and his studio areas include drawing and stained glass in addition to painting. He teaches a range of studio courses as well as courses in art history, aesthetics, and art education.