Let Our Officers Help You
Our CTSFW Advancement officers are available to help you financially support students. Whether you have a simple question or would like help with estate planning we stand ready to serve you. Please feel free to call or email one of our Advancement officers.
Rev. Mark J. DeLassus
Vice President of Advancement
The Rev. Mark DeLassus joined the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Advancement staff in October 2013. As vice president of Advancement, he is responsible for the operation of the Advancement Office.
He is a 2009 graduate of CTSFW. Prior to being called to the Seminary, DeLassus served as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Sherwood, Ohio.
Before attending the Seminary, he worked for 30 years in the composite materials industry at a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed company, starting as a development engineer and ending as a vice president.
DeLassus is a graduate of Valparaiso University, B.S.; Northwestern University-Kellogg Graduate School, M.B.A.; and the University of Connecticut Law School, J.D. (Juris Doctor).
He and his wife, Maureen, have two grown children, Laura and Matthew, and are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren.
Lance C. Hoffman
Lance Hoffman joined the Advancement staff of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, in July 2016. His primary duty as an Advancement officer is to visit active and prospective donors, as well as congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) for the purpose of raising financial support to fulfill the mission of the Seminary.
Prior to being called to the Seminary, Hoffman was called to serve as a teacher and coach at Concordia Lutheran High School (CLHS), Fort Wayne, for 26 years. While a student (Class of 1986), he was a stand-out athlete and was inducted into the CLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.
Hoffman is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) in 1990, earning a B.A. in Education. He completed a M.S. from Indiana University in 2000. He played football while at CUW, twice being named to the N.A.I.A. All-American Team. He was inducted into the CUW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
He and his wife, Linda (also a CUW graduate), have three adult children: Luke, Logan and wife Hannah, and Levi. They are members of Zion Lutheran Church Corunna, Indiana.
Rev. Paul Hopkins
The Rev. Paul Hopkins joined the Advancement Office in May of 2018. As a member of the Advancement team he visits donors, prospective donors, and LCMS congregations, establishing relationships and requesting financial support for CTSFW.
Paul received an undergraduate degree in Criminal/Social Justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. For 20 years he worked in law enforcement in the Chicago area. In 2000 he made a career change and enrolled at CTSFW where he was awarded a Master of Divinity degree in 2005.
Previous to his service at CTSFW, Pastor Hopkins served God’s people at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Rogers City, Michigan, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mattoon, Illinois.
Rev. Hopkins and his wife, Joan, have three adult children, including Rev. James Hopkins, a 2015 graduate of CTSFW. They are also grandparents to six grandchildren.
Gary L. Nahrwold
Assistant Vice President of Advancement
Gary Nahrwold joined the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW) 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, he was a materials manager for Franklin Electric Large Submersibles in Bluffton, Indiana. A lifelong member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, Indiana, he has extensive experience in congregational service.
Nahrwold serves the Advancement team as assistant vice president of Advancement. 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.
He 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 Nahrwolds have three children, Jessica, Justin and Jenna, and are also very proud grandparents.
Rev. Dr. Timothy R. Puls
Director of Alumni and Church Relations
The Rev. Dr. Timothy Puls has served Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, since 1997. He was dean of Students 11 years and assistant vice president of Church Relations four years before assuming his present role as an Advancement officer in 2011. Prior to serving CTSFW, he was a pastor in two congregations in Colorado for over eight years. He enjoys visiting with CTSFW alumni, serves as a Christian Development Executive and assists donors with planned giving as a Stewardship Associate of the LCMS Foundation.
Puls completed a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Humanities from Concordia University Irvine in 1985, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in 1989 and a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) in 2000, both at CTSFW. His Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.) was earned at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, in 2011.
He was a member of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Commission of Ministerial Growth and Support from 2004-2010 and a board member for Grace Place Lutheran Wellness Ministries from 2002-2012.
He and his wife, Beth, have four sons, Christian (also a daughter-in-law, Abby), Jacob, Asher and Micah.
Rev. Mark H. Steiner
The Rev. Mark Steiner joined the Advancement staff of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, in May 2016.
As an Advancement officer, his primary duty is to visit active and prospective donors, as well as congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), for the purpose of raising financial support to fulfill the mission of CTSFW.
Prior to being called to the Seminary, Steiner served as pastor of two LCMS congregations in Gulfport and Columbus, Mississippi. He also worked as a hospice chaplain in Indiana.
He is a graduate of Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, having earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics. He holds a M.B.A. and J.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. He earned his M.Div. from CTSFW in 2009.
He has two grown children and one grandchild. He and his wife, Deborah, are members of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne.
Rev. Larry D. Wright
The Rev. Larry Wright joined the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Advancement staff in November 2014. As an Advancement officer, his primary responsibilities are to call on active and prospective donors, build relationships, and request continued financial support for the Seminary. He also calls on congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) to encourage their direct support, sometimes by way of a Seminary Sunday.
Prior to being called to the Seminary, Wright served as pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Midland, Michigan.
Before attending the Seminary, he worked for 22 years as a construction manager and licensed professional engineer, starting as a project engineer and ending as the vice president of Industrial Projects.
He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, B.S. Architectural Engineering; Wright State University, M.B.A. He is a 2007 graduate of CTSFW.
He and his wife, Pamela, have three grown children, Elizabeth, Alicia and Alexander.