Kevin J. Hildebrand is Kantor at Concordia Theological Seminary and at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. He is an experienced teacher of both children and adults, and is the director of the Youth Choir of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School, Fort Wayne. He has master’s degrees in music and theology from The University of Michigan and Concordia Theological Seminary, respectively. He is a frequent recitalist and hymn festival presenter and active composer, whose works are published by Concordia Publishing House and Morning Star Music Publishers.

Arthur A. Just Jr. is Professor of Exegetical Theology, Director of Deaconess Studies, and Co-Director of The Good Shepherd Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He is the author of The Ongoing Feast, the CPH Commentary on Luke, the Lukan volume of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Heaven on Earth: The Gifts of Christ in the Divine Service, and Visitation.

John T. Pless is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, where he also serves as Director of Field Education. He 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, and Luther on the Care for the Sick and the Dying. With Matthew Harrison he is editor of Women Pastors? The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective. Prof. Pless is book review editor for Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology and a member of the editorial council of Lutheran Quarterly. He is a regular lecturer at various conferences both in the United States and overseas and serves as co-president of the International Wilhelm Loehe Society.


Constance R. Seddon was instrumental in the initial planning and development of the website of The Good Shepherd Institute. She continues to provide editorial services to the Institute, both for its website and journal. Prior to retirement, she enjoyed a long career as an editor in the fields of college textbook and technical journal publishing. Since retirement she resides in St. Louis, Missouri, where she now also edits the programs for Concordia Seminary’s Bach at the Sem concert series.

Daniel Zager is Associate Dean and Head of the Sibley Music Library, and Associate Professor of Music, at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, where he teaches in the areas of sacred music and musicology. He holds the Ph.D. degree in musicology from the University of Minnesota, and he has served as organist for LCMS congregations in Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois, and North Carolina. He was editor of Cross Accent: Journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (1999–2001), and since 2000 he has edited the Journal of The Good Shepherd Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary.