About the DOXOLOGY Collegium
Recognizing the ongoing need to expand our teaching faculty and develop future leadership for our program, in 2013 the DOXOLOGY Board of Directors authorized the formation of a Collegium of DOXOLOGY graduates to serve the program in an advisory capacity through research, theological/pastoral reflection, and counsel. The seven initial Fellows in the Collegium were formally inducted at the Grand Reunion in San Antonio, TX on August 2, 2014. The eighth Fellow, Rev. Brady Finnern, was inducted at the 2017 Grand Reunion. Each of the Fellows is invited annually to prepare a major research paper in applied pastoral care for publication in the SEELSORGER Journal. (Access the current library of their work via the link below) The Collegium convenes each year for mutual learning and collegial conversation regarding the faithful practice of the cure of souls in the 21st Century.
The Rev. Tyler C. Arnold was born and raised in and around Alton, Illinois. He attended Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO in 1999.
Arnold has served as a parish pastor since graduating from the seminary. He served from 1999 until 2004 as the assistant pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Platte Woods, MO. In 2004 he received a Divine Call to serve as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, IL where he served for two and a half years. He then returned to Christ Lutheran, Platte Woods in 2006 to serve as Senior Pastor where he still serves today.
Pr. Arnold served on the Board of Congregational Support for the Southern Illinois District and has served as a Circuit Counselor in the Missouri District since 2009. He has also served as the pastoral advisor on the Executive Council for the Northland Lutheran School Association in Kansas City, MO.
Tyler is the husband of Andrea Arnold (nee Thur). They were married in Ste. Genevieve, MO in June of 1995. They are blessed with two teenage boys, Jacob and Benjamin.
The Rev. Mark David Barz is the second son of Marvin and Marilyn Barz. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 21, 1955. Raised as the son of a Lutheran pastor, he enjoyed life in a family of three brothers and three sisters. Mark was educated at Concordia College, Ann Arbor and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div., 1982) His first call into the ministry was at Bethlehem Ev. Lutheran Church in Saginaw, Michigan, then he accepted a call to Crown of Life Ev. Lutheran Church, San Antonio, where he has served since 1987.
Mark is married to Connie Marie [nee Lehenbauer] and they have been blessed with four children and a growing family of grandchildren. He enrolled in DOXOLOGY in June 2011 and has served as chaplain/pastor in residence for two training cycles since.
Mark has served District and Synod as a member and chair of the Texas District Continuing Education Task Force (1988-2001; chair from 1994-2001); part of the local planning team for River of Light(1995); Synod Convention Delegate (1995, 2010); Community Life Builder for Called To Be (1998) and Higher Ground (2001); Doctrinal Reviewer for Concordia Publishing House (2002-2009); PALS Facilitator (2005-present); volunteer for Live Love(d) (2013) and an occasional writer for The Lutheran Witness, LCMS Youth Ministry Resources, Lutherans For Life, and Concordia Pulpit Resources. He was elected Area C Vice President of the Texas District in June 2012. Mark was also the varsity soccer coach at Lutheran High School– San Antonio from 1995 to 2009.
His personal interests are, above all, his family and friends. He also enjoys athletics (especially golf, bicycling, and soccer), reading (especially World War II history), music (from Bach to bluegrass), and collecting antiques (depression glass, wooden coat hangers, and soda bottles are some of his favorites).
The Rev. Brady L. Finnern was born and raised in Wadena, MN. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, graduating in 2002 with a degree in Exercise Science. He graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO in 2006. Brady’s first call was to St. John Lutheran Church, North Prairie, WI and he has served at Messiah Lutheran Church, Sartell, MN since 2010. He has served as a circuit visitor in the Minnesota North District, LWML zone counselor, and currently serves on the Lutheran Church Extension Fund Board of Directors as the LCMS President’s Representative.
Brady and his wife, Amy, have been married since 2003 and are blessed with four children.
The Rev. David C. Fleming has served as pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, MI since 1993. Previously he served in Warrenville, IL a Chicago suburb. He is a 1986 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary. He co-wrote God’s Love at Christmas the 2010 CPH Advent-Christmas resource.
He and his wife Jo Marie nee Wunderlich have three children. He has served as Chaplain/Pastor in Residence for DOXOLOGY.
The Rev. Timothy J. Pauls was ordained in 1993 at Valley of Peace Lutheran Church in Hailey, Idaho; and accepted a call in 1998 to his current parish, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Boise. He has served in various capacities as school administrator, camp board director, and member of the editorial staff of Higher Things magazine. One who enjoys writing, he is the author of Going Out, Getting Dumped and Playing Mini-Golf on the First Date; You Ask about…Life; You Ask about…Relationships; and You Ask about…Faith. He is also a contributor to Lutheranism 101 and Formation: Essays for Future Pastors, as well as two synod Bible studies and assorted articles in Higher Things, Logia, Teachers Interaction and other publications. Timothy holds a B.A. in Pre -Theology from Concordia College-Portland (1989) and an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis (1993). He and his wife Teresa have two sons, Nathan and Noah.
The Rev. C. Bryan Wolfmueller graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and was ordained and installed as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colorado in June, 2005. Bryan authored Final Victory: Contemplating the Death and Funeral of a Christian (Concordia Publishing House, 2010), Has American Christianity Failed? (CPH, 2016), and A Marty’s Faith in a Faithless World (CPH, 2019). He is the co-editor and contributor to Theology is Eminently Practical: Essays in Honor of Prof John T. Pless (Lutheran Legacy, 2012). He is the Executive Director of Theological Awesomeness for Around the Word Journal , a theological journal for the curious Christian. Bryan is the co-host of Table Talk Radio, the world’s most popular theological game show and co-owner of Wolfson Creative which provides high-quality electronic certificates to congregations for baptism and confirmation. Bryan served on the Board for National Mission for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod from 2010-2013. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and a guest on numerous radio shows. He has also written for Portals of Prayer, Concordia Pulpit Resources, Strength for the Day, Mercy Works, Lutheran Witness, and Teachers Interaction. Bryan and his wife Keri live with their four children in Aurora, Colorado.
The Rev. Dr. Lucas V. Woodford is a graduate of Concordia University St. Paul and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div. and S.T.M., 2003), His first call was to First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, Wisconsin and served as Senior Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and School, Mayer, Minnesota (2005 – 2018). He holds the D.Min. in Christian Outreach from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne (2011). His project dissertation was published as Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession? (Wipf & Stock, 2012). His book Church Leadership and Strategy – for the Care of Souls, co-authored with Harold Senkbeil, was published by Lexham Press in 2019. He is the author of several articles that have appeared in The Lutheran WITNESS and LOGIA. He has served the Minnesota South District LCMS as circuit counselor, member of the Board of Directors, Second Vice President, and was elected President in June of 2018. He is a member of the Board of Regents of Concordia University St. Paul. He is a frequently invited conference speaker and has served as presenter at DOXOLOGY Spotlight/Insight Conferences. Lucas and his wife, Rebecca, are parents of Bella (2004), Thaddeus (2007), Aletheia (2009), Klaci (2012), Soteria (2014) and Titus (2017). He enjoys reading, writing, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
The Rev. Matthew E. Wurm was born in August of 1981 to the Rev. William and Janice Wurm. Born and raised in Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, he attended Lutheran grade school and high school. In 2003 he received a B.A. from Concordia University, Wisconsin with majors in Pre-Seminary Studies and Biblical Languages. In 2004, he served as a short term volunteer missionary in Panama City, Panama for LCMS World Missions. In 2008 he received a M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. His first Divine Call was to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bemidji, Minnesota where he supervised three vicars, restarted a campus ministry to Bemidji State University, partnered with Lutheran Indian Missions (LIM formerly LAMP-U.S.) and served on the Lutheran Island Camp Board of Directors. In 2013, he accepted the Call to be Senior Pastor at Mt. Calvary Luther an Church, Brookings, South Dakota. His wife, Kyra, is pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and they have been blessed with four children, Micah Joel (7), Annika Kathryn (4), Aubrey Elizabeth (2) and Isaac, born in 2017.