Meet Our Officers
Rev. Jon D. Scicluna
Vice President for Resource Development
The Rev. Jon Scicluna joined the staff of Concordia Theological Seminary in October 2012 and serves as the vice president for Resource Development. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Advancement Office.
He is a 2007 graduate of CTS. Prior to being called to the seminary, Scicluna served a dual parish in Tucson and Benson, Ariz. Before attending seminary, Jon served as a police officer in Michigan. At the time of his retirement he was the Law Enforcement Commander at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office in Ann Arbor.
He and his wife, Linda, have two sons. David is a police officer in Texas and Christopher is a soldier in the U.S. Army. They are proud grandparent of three grandchildren.
Rev. Brian T. Crane
The Rev. Brian Crane joined the Concordia Theological Seminary Advancement staff in April 2013. As an Advancement Officer, Brian’s primary responsibility is to call on active and prospective donors, building relationships and requesting continued financial support for the seminary. He also calls on congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to encourage their direct support.
Brian earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from CTS in August 2007. He served as pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hilbert, Wisc. He was also a Chaplain in the United States Army Reserve, receiving an Honorable Discharge in November 2012.
Prior to attending seminary, Brian worked for eight years for the Federal Government in Washington, D.C., serving at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Transportation Security Administration. Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, in May 1995.
Brian and his wife, Tabitha, have one daughter, Annika.
R. Radcliffe Finch
Director of Estate and Planned Giving
Rad joined the Concordia Theological Seminary Advancement staff in January 2004, serving the seminary in a deployed capacity and is living in Marion, Iowa. His responsibilities are to call on active and prospective donors, build relationships and request continued financial support for the seminary. He provides Christian Estate and Gift planning, endowments and restricted gifts which will serve the members and the seminary.
A lifelong resident of Iowa, Rad grew up in Waterloo and attended the University of Northern Iowa. Following college he worked at John Deere as part of the quality audit department. After 10 years at John Deere, Rad became a registered representative for Life Investors, a subsidiary of Aegon Corporation. In 1995 he began work with the LCMS Foundation as a Gift Planning Counselor and served in the Iowa-East District for nine years.
Rad and his wife Joyce (Barker) have been blessed with six children, one grandson and two granddaughters.
Gary L. Nahrwold
Assistant Vice President
Gary joined the Concordia Theological Seminary Advancement staff in June 2001, having worked for over 20 years in the manufacturing sector. After working 18 years for Magnavox (now Raytheon) in their Government and Industrial Electronics division in Fort Wayne, Gary was a Materials Manager for Franklin Electric Large Submersibles in Bluffton, Ind. A lifelong member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, Ind., Gary has extensive experience in congregational service.
Gary serves the Advancement team as Assistant Vice President. His primary responsibilities are to supervise and assist the field staff in their major gifts fund raising, supervise the office staff and day-to-day operations, write the annual fund appeals, call on active and prospective donors, build relationships and request continued financial support for the seminary. He also calls on congregations to encourage direct support.
Gary received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Supervision (Industrial Management) from Purdue University. His wife, Renita (Uhrick) is also serving at the seminary. The Nahrwold's have three children Jessica, Justin, and Jenna and are also very proud grandparents.
Rev. Dr. Timothy R. Puls
The Rev. Dr. Timothy Puls is the Director of Alumni and Church Relations at Concordia Theological Seminary. He has served CTS for 15 years, 11 of them as the Dean of Students and three as Assistant Vice President of Church Relations.
Previous to his service at CTS he was a pastor in two congregations in Colorado. He completed a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) in 2000 through CTS and his doctorate in the organizational leadership program (Ed.D.) through Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, in 2011.
He currently serves as a Board Member for Grace Place Lutheran Wellness Ministries based in St. Louis. Grace Place seeks to strengthen the overall well being of Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod pastors and church workers, as well as their relationships with their spouses and with their congregations.
Tim and his wife, Beth, have four sons, Christian, Jacob, Asher and Micah.
Rev. Robert F. Shonholz
The Rev. Bob Shonholz joined the Concordia Theological Seminary Advancement staff in April 2008. He served as pastor of St. Mark’s, Youngstown, Ohio, and Concordia Lutheran Church and School, Cincinnati, Ohio, before answering the call to serve the greater church at the Fort Wayne Seminary. He also served on the Ohio District Board of Stewardship and as a member of the Ohio District Board of Directors. He earned his M.Div. from CTS in 1996.
Bob serves the Advancement team as a Field Officer. His primary responsibility is to call on active and prospective donors, building relationships and requesting continued financial support for the seminary. He also calls on congregations of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod to encourage their direct support.
Bob’s professional background includes working 18 years in international banking, both trading currencies and options as well as directing the U.S. Advisory Services to assist major domestic and international companies in managing their currency and interest rate risks. He attended Fordham University, N.Y.
Bob’s wife, Holly (Vaughan) is a teacher and a Title I reading instructor, licensed from kindergarten to eighth grade. Bob and Holly have two sons, Michael and Gregory.