Bruce G. Kintz was installed as the eighth president and chief executive officer of Concordia Publishing House at an Oct. 31 Reformation Day service at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis.
The installation was conducted by Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod President Gerald B. Kieschnick, who pledged his “partnership in the Gospel” and, along with his wife, Terry, “our assurance, our affirmation, and our support” to Kintz and his wife, Kim.
Acknowledging that “leaders are always disappointing someone” in the wake of the difficult decisions they must make, Kieschnick told the couple it was his prayer that the Synod’s publishing house and all those it employs and serves would be “a genuine blessing to you and that your lives might be a blessing to many.”
In his sermon, Rev. Michael P. Walther, senior pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Ill., recalled how CPH resources nurtured him as he grew up and continue to nurture him as a pastor.
Just as the printing press was used in Martin Luther’s day to share his reformation message with many people, today’s publishing efforts and electronic media “are so important for the spreading of the Gospel,” Walther said.
He encouraged worshipers to “look to God for His support” in the face of challenges and to rely on “a might that is not our own.”
All 300-plus CPH employees attended the service, which was within walking distance of the CPH building, and the installation choir was composed of CPH employees.
Kintz was appointed as president/CEO by the CPH Board of Directors on Sept. 15. He has been with the publishing house for more than seven years, serving as vice president and chief operating officer for the past five.
Rev. Paul T. McCain, who has served as CPH’s interim president and CEO since Dr. Stephen Carter retired in January 2002, will continue serving CPH as executive director of the editorial division and publisher.
Founded in 1869, Concordia Publishing House is the official publishing arm of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and the third-largest Protestant publisher. CPH offers some 6,800 products, including curriculum materials for day schools and Sunday schools, Bible studies and commentaries, magazines, books, music, hymnals, and academic resources.
Posted Nov. 2, 2006