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Rev. Dr. David Loy Named Dean of Christ College

June 25, 2022 - 1 minute read

Rev. Dr. David Loy

Effective July 1, 2022, Rev. Dr. David Loy steps into the role of dean of Christ College. He has served at Concordia since 2011 and looks forward to ensuring that each student encounters the good news of Jesus.

Over the past 11 years at Concordia, Loy has inspired students as a professor of philosophy, theology, and ethics, director of undergraduate curriculum, assistant dean, and associate dean. He earned a BA from Valparaiso, an MDiv from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, a PhD in philosophy from St. Louis University, and spent eight years as a parish pastor in Bolivar, Missouri, before coming to Irvine.

Loy is gifted at connecting the mission of the University to its operations, for example, by making sure the curriculum is achieving Concordia’s desired goals of producing students who are wise, honorable, and cultivated.

“Christ College has a huge impact on the experience here at Concordia,” he says.

“We have an amazing opportunity to help Christian students mature spiritually and intellectually, and an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with non-Christian students. They come face-to-face with a very strong intellectual tradition that is the Christian church, particularly in its Lutheran form.”

Every incoming Concordia traditional undergraduate takes at least three classes with Christ College faculty members—a philosophy course and at least two theology courses. Christ College boasts a renowned Lutheran theology and philosophy faculty.

“Our great faculty members all serve the church and are experts in their fields,” says Loy. “All our theology faculty have published. All are Christians and are committed to understanding how our disciplines can help students grow intellectually and spiritually.”

Christ College is also strengthening its voice in all graduate programs so every student, including online graduate students, “encounter the good news of Jesus, even in an online classroom, and encounter what it means to be a Christian and reflect on how the Christian faith might inform their professions,” he says.

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