Stories From Selma

Reverend Dr.
McNair Ramsey


You could say Reverend Dr. McNair Ramsey has been a part of Concordia College Alabama since his birth. It was his family that gave Dr. Rosa Young the land where she built her first school in Rosebud, Alabama. He is a life-long Lutheran, attended Alabama Lutheran (Now CCA) during the civil rights movement and has served in several administration capacities at the college since the 1980s. 

His entire education through high school was in the Lutheran education system, and over the years, he's witnessed that system shrink in the south. According to Ramsey, there used to be about 27 Lutheran elementary and high schools in Alabama, and currently there is only one remaining in Mobile. 

The impact of Lutheranism in Alabama has been directly related to the education provided by these schools. Ramsey says that throughout the years, Concordia College Alabama has educated not only many of the black pastors now in the LCMS, but local pastors from other congregations. This education has influenced their theology and understanding of the core tenant of Lutheran doctrine: justification by grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone. 

Concordia College is the voice of Lutheranism here in this place
— Reverend Dr. Mcnair Ramsey

To see that voice go, is both frustrating and disheartening to Ramsey. 

It's frustrating because, according to the Reverend Doctor, the closure of the school was preventable. He says that the Board of Directors of the LCMS voted to close the school without input from the school's Board of Regents

Q.) Did the Board of Directors or Board of Regents vote to close the school?  

The LCMS in my opinion and certainly in previous years…has always been interested in mission and ministry. That is the outreach of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who have never heard the name Jesus. It’s difficult to understand if that is still the mission of the Synod then why would they close Concordia College Alabama when CCA is very instrumental in sharing that loving gospel of Jesus Christ, the word of God, with hundreds and hundreds of people who have never heard the name Jesus.

People in the south need to hear about Christ - a goal of utmost importance to Dr. Rosa Young. For 96 years, CCA has been sharing that legacy with students and community members alike. "You can't put a price on that," says Ramsey. 

"It’s not like we’ve got thousands of Lutheran agencies located here. This is it. This is it. This is the place that people have looked to for help."


Q.) Why is the existence of Concordia Alabama
important for the LCMS?