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John T. Pless, M.Div.
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
Director of Field Education
Rev. John T. Pless is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne where he also serves as Director of Field Education. Prior to joining the faculty, he served for 17 years as campus pastor at University Lutheran Chapel at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. From 1979 to 1983, he served on the staff at the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University. He is a graduate of Texas Lutheran College, Sequin, Texas (B.A.) and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio (M.Div.). He entered The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod by colloquy at Concordia Theological Seminary in 1983.
Prof. Pless is the author of Handling the Word of Truth: Law and Gospel in the Church Today, A Small Catechism on Human Life, Word: God Speaks to Us, Confession: God Gives Us Truth, Luther on the Care for the Sick and the Dying and two chapters in Lutheran Worship History and Practice. With LCMS President Rev. Matthew Harrison he is editor of Women Pastors? The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective. He served on the Agenda Committee for the Lutheran Service Book. He is book review editor for Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology and a member of the editorial council of Lutheran Quarterly.
A regular lecturer at various conferences both in the United States and overseas, Prof. Pless coordinates the seminary’s annual “Mercy Mission Expedition to Madagascar” in partnership with the LCMS Board for World Relief and Human Care. He serves as co-president of the International Loehe Society and is a member of the LCMS Committee on the Sanctity of Human Life.
Seminary Course Material
Advent Preaching Seminar 2010
Liturgy and the Divine Service
Miscellaneous Confessional Theology