Concordia Lutheran Seminary


James Gimbel, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D. Jim Gimbel

Native of Minnesota. Concordia College, St. Paul, MN (B.A. Educational Psychology 1981); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div. 1985); Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA (Ph.D. Social Psychology/Organizational Leadership 2002); South Dakota District Youth Staffer (1977-1978); Youth Director, Gloria Dei Lutheran, Minneapolis, MN (1978-1980); Pastor, Zion and Zion Lutheran Churches, Kramer and Gardena, ND (1985-1988); Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Towner, ND (1987-1988), Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND (1988-1996); Sr. Editor of Youth, Family, and Sunday School Material, Concordia Publishing House (1996-2002); Professor, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN (2002-2013); President, Concordia Lutheran Seminary since January 2014.

Research interests

Entrepreneurial and Innovative Ministry

The Emerging New Face of Christianity (Interim Discipleship)

Leadership in Church and Society

Adolescent Faith Development

Adult Education, Online Learning

Applied Ethics

Communicating the Gospel; Outreach

Group Dynamics and Cohort Learning

Strategic Planning

Most Recent Publications

Review: SimChurch, Issues in Christian Education, December 2010

A Historic Heritage, A Distinctive Voice, Lutheran Witness, January 2009

My Devotions, Creative Worship

The Apostles' Creed, CPH, 2006

God, My Creator; Jesus, My Savior; Holy Spirit, My Helper; CPH, 2004

TLC Teaching, CPH, 2002

Childrens' Ministry FAQs, CPH, 2000

Campus Connections, CPH, 1999

Personal interests

Walking, cycling, kayaking

Parenting and family

Ministry Incubation

Reading, writing and editing