Concordia University

James R. Gimbel, M.Div, Ph.D.

College of Vocation and Ministry
College of Business and Organizational Leadership

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Rev. Dr. James Gimbel
Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership, Management, and Theology

Office#: Administration 326

Phone: (651) 603-6187
Fax: N/A



Personal Information:

Date of birth:  November 25
Current home:  Little Canada, MN
Married to:  Jill
Children:  Andy (Laura), Abby, Jo ... Granddaughter: Miri

Dog: Olivia :)


Ph.D.  Regent University Center for Leadership Studies
Organizational Leadership
Virginia Beach, VA  2002

M. Div.  Concordia Seminary
St. Louis, MO   1985

BA   Concordia College
Educational Psychology
St. Paul, MN  1981

Career History:

Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN     2002 - 

Associate Professor, 2006-

Coordinator, Cohort Religion Courses, 2006-

Chair: Christian Ministries Major, 2006-

Chair: Professional Standards Committee, 2006 -

Assistant Professor, 2002-2006

Chair: Organizational Management and Communication major  2002-2006

Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO     1996-2002

Sr. Editor of Youth, Family, and Sunday School Materials

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND   1988-1996
Senior Pastor   1991-1996
Campus Pastor/Assistant Pastor     1988-1991

Zion Lutheran Church, Kramer, ND/Zion Lutheran Church, Gardena, ND 1985-1988, Pastor

Faith Lutheran Church, Towner, ND   1986-1988, Pastor

South Dakota District Youth Staffer, Huron, SD 1977-78  

Published Works:

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

Presentations (partial list):

Turning the Focus from Grades to Learning through Student
@ Collaboration for Learning Conference, November 19, 2010

Lutheran Identity on a Pluralistic Campus @ 2010 LCMS Theologians Conference, June 2, 2010

Innovations in Ministry @ Keynote LCMS Ablaze Mission Summit, Minnesota South District, PLI, January 20, 2010

Truths in Paradox @ Concordia University System Theology and Science Faculty Gathering, May 30, 2009

Courageously Facing Ministry Challenges Today @ Conference Speaker, Minnesota South District Fall Pastor's Conference, October 2008

Professional Organizations:

Collaboration for Learning

Minnesota South District/The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod,                     

Minister of Religion-Ordained

Research and Teaching Interests:

Entrepreneurial and Innovative Ministry

The Emerging New Face of Christianity (Interim Discipleship)

Leadership issues in church and society

Adolescent Faith Development

Adult Education, online learning

Applied ethics

Communicating the Gospel; Outreach

Group Dynamics and Cohort Learning

Strategic planning

Personal Interests:

Walking, cycling, kayaking
Parenting and family                                                                                                                                                              

Ministry Incubation

Reading, writing and editing 

Ongoing Parish/Pastoral Leadership:

Trinity Lutheran Church of Lake Johanna, Arden Hills, MN
Interim Pastor, 2010

Cross View Lutheran Church, Edina, MN

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