Resch Announces Retirement from CTS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—Long time Kantor and associate professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, the Rev. Richard Resch has announced his intention to retire from his duties at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., at the end of the 2013–14 academic year. Resch has served at the seminary since 1977 and founded the Seminary Kantorei, a 16-voice choir comprised of men studying to become pastors, in 1978. He is also co-founder of the Good Shepherd Institute of Pastoral Theology and Sacred Theology.

“It has been a joy and a privilege for me to lead the seminary’s music life as Kantor for these past decades. I have delighted in teaching future pastors and deaconesses the riches of our Lutheran hymnody and music. My service here has taken me to parishes throughout this country and Canada as the Kantorei brought a taste of the seminary and Lutheran music out into the church,” said Resch. “I am very pleased to be able to turn all of this, together with the Co-Directorship of the Good Shepherd Institute of Pastoral Theology and Sacred Music, over to the extremely talented hands of Kantor Kevin Hildebrand.” Hildebrand has served as associate Kantor at CTS since 2002.

In addition to his work with the Kantorei and Good Shepherd Institute, Resch has helped produce eight Seminary Kantorei CDs and the DVD “Singing the Faith, Living the Lutheran Musical Heritage.” He also established the annual CTS Organist Workshops and is author of the hymn “The Gifts Christ Freely Gives,” which can be found in the Lutheran Service Book from Concordia Publishing House.

“God has blessed Kantor Resch with an abundance of creative genius in the realm of music for the church. Our seminary has been blessed to have him share his incredible knowledge concerning sacred music and liturgy with our students, community and the church-at-large,” commented CTS President Lawrence Rast. “We are most thankful for his faithful service and pray God’s continued blessing on him and his family.”