A Message from Brenda Swartz


This May marks my 20th anniversary at Concordia Place. In 2003, I felt God calling me to leave my professional services career to help lead Concordia Church’s growing community ministry – Concordia Place.

It has been my honor to serve as the Concordia Place President/CEO and partner with so many people dedicated to and passionate about our mission to serve children, youth, and families. Together, we have accomplished so much. When I joined in 2003, Concordia Place was a single childcare center. Today, we have centers in four communities, expanded to serve children under three years old, grown a thriving teen leadership program, and launched our home visiting program.

And now – I feel God calling me again; only this time, I feel He is asking me to step aside to make room for a new Concordia Place leader. After much prayer and thoughtful consideration, I am leaving my role as President/CEO of Concordia Place as of September 30, 2023.

Please know our mission will continue without interruption. We are emerging from the pandemic strong, recovering our core excellence and with extremely capable leaders. Kim Boike, Concordia Place Board Chair, is leading the search committee. I have the utmost confidence in a bright future for Concordia Place.

I am profoundly blessed to have been part of Concordia Place’s leadership. I have grown and learned. I have made friends that I would have otherwise never met. My faith has been challenged and deepened.

For all of this, I will be forever grateful.

Thank you,

Brenda Swartz, President/CEO