A Tribute to Concordia-Portland

Concordia University-Portland will always hold a special place in the hearts of so many. It was a treasure for more than 100 years before it closed in 2020, leading countless generations of young people toward a life in Christ.

A time was set aside at the 2022 NOW District Convention to honor the legacy of the institution; this included a special tribute video that can be viewed below. In it, you will see and hear submissions from people who have personally been touched by Concordia-Portland. We thank God for the many blessings that have come to the District and its people through our Concordia! Here are just a few excerpts from the video:

“I know this University as a Missionary Arm in this four-state area and beyond. The administrations, faculties, staffs, and students prepared church workers and provided energy, life, and Gospel witness to individuals and congregations throughout the District. As a spouse and parent of two graduates, I am personally appreciative of its place in our family life and vocations. The influence of this institution is truly missed. At the same time, I share in celebrating its many contributions in the life of the Church.” — Rev. Erhart Bauer, President Emeritus of the Northwest District, former Chairman of the CU, Portland, Board of Regents (1982-1994), and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree from CU, Portland in 1992

“I was in the first class of girls at Portland Concordia. The friends I made at Portland Concordia were the strongest and most long-lasting friendships in my life. It was there that I met my husband, Tom. The education I gained through classes I took there was not only an excellent base for future work and education, but also strengthened my faith and relationship with my God and Savior. I will thank God always for Concordia Portland!” — Rosemarie Bolland Jacobsen

“I was enrolled to attend Lewis and Clark College in Portland. My friends in Portland told me that Concordia was opening for women. God led me to enroll at Concordia and I became a Lutheran teacher. Since that time I have led a full and wonderful life serving God. I am thankful that I attended Concordia, a very special place to me. My sisters, Sarah Brandt Wilson and Nancy Brandt Lingenfelter, graduated from Concordia, Portland in 1960 and 1962. They both served our Lord as deaconesses. Our brother, Ed Brandt, graduated from Concordia-Portland in 1966. He became an ordained pastor in 1970.” — Sharon Willweber

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