Kintz Retires as President & CEO of Concordia Publishing House
Dr. Bruce G. Kintz, President and CEO of Concordia Publishing House, today announced his retirement from CPH. Kintz has served in various capacities at CPH since 1999, including Director of Product Teams, VP of Operations, VP and COO, and finally as President and CEO since 2006. Kintz is the 8th person to serve CPH as president since its founding in 1869.
Since Kintz’s appointment as President and CEO, Concordia Publishing House has:
- Published Lutheran Service Book hymnal (2006)
- Published The Lutheran Study Bible (2009)
- Won the Missouri Quality Award (2009)
- Developed and launched Church360 church management software (2010)
- Won the National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award (2011)
- Launched the Portals of Prayer app (2017)
- Released a new edition of Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation (2017)
- Released the web-based version of Lutheran Service Builder (2018)
- Celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (2017)
- Celebrated the 150th anniversary of Concordia Publishing House (2019)
- Released the Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Hymns (2020)
In announcing his retirement, Dr. Kintz underscored the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon Concordia Publishing House. “CPH has been blessed to walk beside generations of individuals, sharing the Good News found only in Jesus Christ. Our story of service to the LCMS includes no confusion, no complacency and no uncertainty as to what CPH is and what it does. Our customers know they can trust that our products and services are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. CPH has held true to our mission statement and by the grace of God, will never deviate from it,” Kintz said. “I am honored to have led this organization for over 22 years.”
The Board will work closely with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to conduct a search for a successor dedicated to the mission of Concordia Publishing House of developing, producing, marketing, and distributing products and services that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions and which will effectively serve such proclamation to people throughout the world, all to the Glory of God.
Jonathan D. Schultz, Vice President and Corporate Counsel, has been designated by the Board to lead CPH during this time of transition. Schultz has served at Concordia Publishing House since 1998.
Currently, Schultz serves as Vice President and Corporate Counsel of Concordia Publishing House. In this role, he works closely with the Board of Directors, coordinates all legal activities of the corporation, and directs the Human Resources and Contracts/Rights/Permissions departments. Prior to arriving at CPH in 1998, he and his wife served as volunteer missionaries in Guatemala for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
One of Schultz’s passions is Lutheran education. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis. From 2003-2014, he held various leadership positions on the Board of Directors of Christ Community Lutheran School, a Presidential Blue Ribbon School serving over 600 students and their families. Schultz also currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, a $100 million foundation which is committed in the name of Jesus Christ to seeing the improved care of hurting people in the greater St. Louis region. In addition, from 2007-2018, Schultz served in various leadership positions on national nonprofit boards.
“We pray for God’s blessings on Dr. Kintz, his wife Kim, and family in retirement, and we give thanks for all that God has accomplished through Bruce during his leadership at Concordia Publishing House,” said Dr. Mark Bender, Chair of the CPH Board of Directors.
About Concordia Publishing House
Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For more than 150 years, CPH has been providing individuals, churches, and schools with products that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. From books and Bibles to church supplies, curriculum, and software, CPH offers over 10,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at cph.org.