James J. Kragenbring

Vice President for Institutional Administration


James Kragenbring serves as the Vice President for Institutional Administration at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College. In this role, he is responsible for leading Midwestern’s business and investing activities, including its offices of Financial Services, Information Technology, Human Resources, Campus Operations, Campus Security, and Campus Housing. He is also responsible for The Sword & Trowel campus store and for overseeing the seminary’s major projects.

Mr. Kragenbring joined Midwestern in August 2017 after spending twenty years in the investment management industry. Over the course of his career, Mr. Kragenbring has successfully managed portfolios for a diverse group of clients that includes some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated endowments, foundations, and pension plans. Most recently, he served as the President and Chief Investment Officer of Aquifer Capital, an investment management boutique and hedge fund sponsor he founded in March 2008.

Mr. Kragenbring is a graduate of Washington University in Saint Louis, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (summa cum laude), and of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Theological Studies (with Highest Honors). He is also a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Minnesota, and Beta Gamma Sigma.

In addition to his seminary responsibilities, Mr. Kragenbring serves on the Board of Trustees of Bethlehem College and Seminary (Minneapolis, MN) and serves as the Chairman of Onyx Companies (Phoenix, AZ), a veteran-owned construction technology company dedicated to “activating America’s veterans to lead our country forward.”