Concordia Seminary hired Lynchburg Stained Glass to design, fabricate, and install 2,100 sq. ft. of new stained glass in their campus chapel, which “stands at the heart and center of Concordia Seminary.” The project included the feature chancel window, transept windows, nave windows, and clerestory windows, altogether comprising a multi-year collaboration.
LSG lead artist-designer, Rich Buswell, worked closely with the seminary’s stained-glass committee throughout the duration of the expansive project; this committee consisted of nine senior members from Concordia’s faculty and staff, including, among others, the President, Dean of Chapel, and Seminary Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer. The committee had selected the Te Deum Laudamus (”Holy God, We Praise Your Name”)—an historic text of praise to God—as the framework for illustrating the theme of the window program. Mr. Buswell, in regular correspondence with the committee, carefully and skillfully interpreted such theological insights into beautiful, harmonious designs that achieved the desired thematic flow, weaving figurative, symbolic images into unique statements of faith. Rich describes the process holistically in a recent interview with Dr. Dale A. Meyer, President Emeritus of Concordia Seminary, for the series Word and Work: An Intersection. View the full interaction at Concordia Seminary’s blog, The Artist Behind the New Stained Glass.
More information about The Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus, including images and a more thorough narrative of the stained glass, can be found on Concordia Seminary’s chapel website: www.csl.edu/campus-life/chapel/chapel-stained-glass.
A visual reference for the scale of Concordia Seminary Chapel
In total, the surface area of the stained glass in the the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus measures 2,560 square feet!