Here at Concordia University Irvine's Christ College, you will study with exceptional theologians who are faithful to Scripture, dedicated to academic excellence, and engaged in Christian ministry.
Scott Ashmon is Associate Provost and oversees the university's Enduring Questions & Ideas curriculum. Scott is also Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew. He has been at CUI since 2007 teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. From 2003-2007, he was Assistant Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion Department at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, OH for four years. Scott earned his B.A. from Concordia College in Portland, OR in 1992 and his M.Div. and S.T.M. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. He earned his Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2010, where he specialized in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. He has published articles and books on topics related to the Old Testament and Lutheran higher education. He is a member of the Society of Concordia Theological Faculties and a board member of the Association for Core Texts and Courses and its Liberal Arts Institute. Scott and his family. Scott and his family are members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Irvine, CA.
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, OH, M.Phil., 2007, Ph.D, 2010; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, S.T.M., 1998, M.Div., 1996; Concordia College, Portland, OR, B.A., 1992
Concordia University, Irvine, 1983-84 and since 1986.
Hi! I'm Rebecca Duport and I'm blessed to be called to serve my alma mater Concordia Irvine as an Assistant Professor and Director to the DCE Program of Christ College. Upon graduation from CUI in 1998, I've served Lutheran Churches as a Director of Christian Education (DCE) throughout the country (Idaho, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida) in life-span education roles working with Children, Youth, Family, Older Adults. I cherish the relationships that God has allowed me the privilege to be a part of as a full-time DCE in His church for 16 years before coming to Concordia as a Professor in 2014. My service to the body of Christ also includes speaking at youth gatherings, conferences and leading training events for Family Friendly Partner's Network (FFPN). My husband Kyle and I enjoy spending time with our four boys and their events in scouting, sports and school.
Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, M.S. 2010 Concordia University, Irvine, California, B.A. 1998
Dr. Elliott received his Ph.D. and M. Phil. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and is the lead professor of Hebrew for Concordia University Irvine's Christ College. Dr. Elliott published “The Israel of God in the Sermon: Connecting Old Testament Texts to New Testament People” in Feasting in a Famine of the Word in 2016 and is preparing a commentary on the prophet Habakkuk.
Reverend Eschelbach was a parish pastor for 15 years before teaching at Concordia University Chicago (14 years) and now Concordia University Irvine. The care of souls and love of truth are evident in his eagerness to help others find the answers they seek, especially answers to the most difficult questions. Professor Eschelbach invests himself in his students as he shows them how to search for the truth among the various witnesses God has provided, especially in the Bible but also in nature, reason, and common human experience. You may find evidence of Dr. Eschelbach’s work in his publications, public speaking, and recognition for exemplary teaching. Besides teaching and studies, Michael Eschelbach enjoys sailing, biking along Newport beach, and visiting the redwoods.
Hi! My name is Mike Middendorf, a Professor of Theology. I am privileged to teach a wide of variety of courses related to the Bible (e.g. Old and New Testament, Greek and Hebrew, and many more!). It is a great opportunity to lead classes on three levels at one University! My favorite group to work with is our undergraduate students, but I also get to teach courses in the Master of Arts program and to seminarians studying here for many types of ethnic ministry. My home state is Minnesota and my college is a sister school of Concordia - Irvine, located in St. Paul, MN. After completing my pastor’s degree and a doctorate at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, I was a parish pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, ND. Then I served as professor for 9 years at another sister Concordia, in Austin, TX, before coming to Irvine. Is that enough Concordia’s for you? Well, yet another Concordia, Concordia Publishing House, asked me to write a two-volume commentary on the book of Romans for their Concordia Commentary series. Volume one was published in 2013; volume two in 2016. I also co-authored the New Testament textbook used here and at other Concordias titled, Called by the Gospel. In addition to digging into the Bible, I have worked on an archaeology dig three summers at Hippos on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. After all those Concordias, I should point out that “Concordia” is from two Latin words which literally mean “with heart.” That is one phrase which I strive to have as a characteristic of my teaching ministry. “Concordia” is also often translated as “harmony.” Since coming to Concordia in 2001, I have really found that to be an outstanding description of the Christian community here.
Rev. Dr. Steven P. Mueller earned his doctorate from Durham University in England, completing his dissertation on The Christology of C. S. Lewis: A Lutheran's Evaluation. A graduate of Christ College, Irvine, Dr. Mueller completed his Master's of Divinity and Master’s of Sacred Theology from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft Wayne, IN. Following his ordination, he accepted a call to Concordia University Irvine in 1995. A published author and hymn writer, Dr. Mueller also serves as an Assistant Pastor for Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Irvine.
Joel Oesch, MDiv, holds a PhD from Concordia Seminary and is a graduate of Yale University. He is Director of the Graduate Programs in Theology. Professor Oesch served as Director of Christian Education for 10 years. His research interests are embodied theology, the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and contemporary culture. He’s served Concordia since 2012.
Dr. Dave Rueter, in addition to serving Concordia University as professor, he also serves Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as Youth and Family Ministry Facilitator. His research is on the Lutheran practice of confirmation and catechesis. Dave has always had a heart for the larger church having served as a committee member for several youth gatherings at the district and synodical level. He has also served he Body of Christ speaking at youth gatherings and conferences. Dave and his wife, Andrea, live in Anaheim with their sons, James and Wesley. As a family, they enjoy camping, Angel's baseball, and as much travel as a young family can pull off.
After serving congregations near Pittsburgh, PA and Chicago, IL, bioethicist and theologian Scott Stiegemeyer joined the Faculty at CUI in 2015. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in bioethics from Loyola University, Chicago. A published author, and speaker, his research interests include the theology of the body, medical ethics, transhumanism, and human sexuality.
Rev. Dr. Dean Vieselmeyer attended Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska, and Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois, earning his Masters of Divinity in 1974. He then received his Master’s Degree in Human Development and the Family in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Education - Administration and Curriculum/Instruction in 1989 from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. From 1974 until 1977 he served as instructor in religion and coach in various sports at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Dean then served at Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska, as Director of Student Life, Assistant Professor of Theology, and Assistant Football Coach. Since 1985 he has been at Concordia University Irvine as a theology professor and for 16 years as Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Services. He keeps his hand in sports by assisting the Lutheran High School of Orange County football team as the Leadership Coordinator. Dean conducts seminars, workshops, and Bible studies on leadership, team building, conflict resolution, self esteem, behavioral styles, strategies for success, and family issues (sexuality, parenting and marriage enrichment). He speaks in numerous congregations and schools and has served as a speaker at district pastoral and teacher conferences, as well as at national youth conferences. He has also spoken at the National Noel Levitz Retention Conference and the National NASPA Conference on development of the whole person, as well as leading seminars in Indonesia for 14 Christian Universities on student development and character building.