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Concordia Theological Seminary prof nominated to high-ranking U.S. Navy Reserves chaplaincy post

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 7:19 pm

The Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Gard, professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a Rear Admiral (lower half) while working as the U.S. Navy's deputy chief of chaplains for reserve matters, a seminary news release said.

Gard, who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, would receive the highest rank available in the Navy Reserve, the news release said. If approved, the appointment isn't expected to conflict with his teaching at the seminary.

“I know I speak for the entire CTS community when I say how pleased and proud we are that Dr. Gard has been nominated for this promotion,” seminary President the Rev. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. said in the news release. “Dr. Gard's service to this seminary, the church-at-large and to his country has been exemplary and provides an excellent example of a good and faithful servant of Jesus Christ.”

Gard currently is completing a tour of duty as Joint Task Force chaplain at Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, the news release said. He expects to return here in time for Holy Week in late March and to resume his duties at the seminary.