April 26 was a huge day on the campus of Concordia Seminary and everything went perfectly accompanied by the most beautiful weather possible. The events of the day began by greeting special guests as they arrived on campus for a kickoff luncheon.
Here's a bit of seminary construction history. When the campus was built in 1926 the stone walls were made so thick, 27 inches in depth, that only one I beam was needed for the buildings. The walls alone were strong enough to hold everything up.
At 4 the dedication ceremonies began with a service in the chapel after which everyone led by Dean of the chapel, Kent Burreson and Dr. David Schmidt, walked to the Benidt Center while singing Christ Is Our Cornerstone.
Jason Holden, a representative of the student body spoke words of thanks for the renovation in a fun and enthusiastic way.
Then honored guest Bea Benidt was introduced. Bea serves as the president and executive director of the Charles E. Benidt Foundation, named after her sainted husband, and which organization made the renovations possible.
Bea and Dale then lifted the scarf off of the plaque which will hang in the building.
Dale greets Dan and his wife and grandson, Dan was the construction supervisor during the renovations and did a fantastic job in the most amiable manner imaginable. His guys were not just construction people, they were craftsmen who like Holmes on Homes would say, "Do it right".
A group of our hard working campus people who make everything run smoothly, provide security, work technology, accounting and play the carillon. They don't all do all those things, but collectively they do.