15th Anniversary Honoree

Dr. Donald Christian

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Dr. Donald Christian is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Concordia University Texas. He became Concordia’s 9th executive leader on August 1, 2014 following selection by the Board of Regents. Today, he serves as the academic, spiritual and business head of Concordia, a role for which he is well prepared following a life of service to the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in many and various roles. Committed to a thriving community, Christian serves on the boards of Austin ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Coalition), Lutheran Summer Music Program, and is a past board member and Board Chair of LINC Houston.

During his time as the Board Chair of LINC Houston, Dr. Christian navigated the organization through a time of great transition. Because of his leadership and ability to grow the strategic vision of LINC, we grew from a small community organization into the substantial, structured ministry we are today. In his role as president of Concordia, Dr. Christian has maintained his role as an advocate for the mission and vision of LINC.

Don and his wife Deborah have been married for 32 years, spending nearly all those years together in service to the church and Lutheran education. They enjoy reading, spending time with friends, and traveling to Maine each summer.

Past Honorees


Rev. Wayne Graumann

Dr. Wayne C. Kramer

Christ the King Lutheran Church - Kingwood, TX


Rev. Al Scholz

Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, Sugar Land


Rev. John Kieschnick

Rev. Lawrence Kelm

Olivia Salceda

Trinity Lutheran Church - Klein


Rev. Ken Hennings

Rev. Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick

Dr. Lou Jander


Rev. Harold A. Heckmann

Faith in Action Group

St. John Lutheran Church, Cypress


Ruanne Kuhlmann

Bernell Lovett

Resurrection Lutheran Church - Spring

Rev. Don and Audrey Black