Robert Sundquist escaped a hardscrabble youth and earned a degree from Concordia University, becoming senior pastor of a large Lutheran congregation.
“What I love about Concordia is their interest in being genuine and making you the best,” says Sundquist. “I bring that to my own work. Every time I talk or teach, I try to be real with folks. Whether it’s in a Bible study or at the gym, people really catch on.”
Sundquist is senior pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where he serves along with Concordia alumnus Pastor Dan Weber.
He is perhaps an unlikely pastor. A self-described “no-good kid,” he was in and out of juvenile hall. “I remember teachers literally saying, ‘You can’t expect to amount to anything,’” he says.
But a little old lady looked past Sundquist’s “Skate or Die” patch and trench coat and asked him to lend a hand at a Lutheran church summer camp. The experience transformed his life and turned him away from his family’s embedded atheism.
Sundquist embraced the call to ministry and enrolled at Concordia’s Christ College to study theology.
“My years at Concordia were some of the best of my life,” Sundquist says.
“The faculty are amazing. I got involved in all the activities I could. You can tell the Spirit of God is moving there because of the love and concern the staff, faculty and students have. They believe in what Concordia is about, which is the Great Commission.”