- Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
- Director of Field Education
Rev. John T. Pless joined the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, faculty in 2000. He is assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions and also serves as director of Field Education.
He is a graduate of Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, Texas (B.A.), and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio (M.Div.). He entered The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) by colloquy at CTSFW in 1983.
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.
Pless is the author of Praying Luther’s Small Catechism, 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, 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.
Works of Note
Seminary Course Material
Advent Preaching Seminar 2010
|Suggested Reading in Preparation for Advent Preaching Seminar|
|Presentation: Dietrich Bonhoeffer|
|Presentation: Gerhard Ebeling|
|Presentation: Helmut Thielicke|
|A.L. Barry- A Letter for Lutheran Forum|
|A Curriculum From and For the Church|
|A Seminary Response to Blacksburg|
Liturgy and the Divine Service
Miscellaneous Confessional Theology
|Baptism as Consolation in Luther’s Pastoral Care|
|Learning From Luther How To Preach In Advent And Christmas|
|Prayer: The Voice of Faith|
|Apologetics on the Postmodern Campus|
|Lutheran Missiology and Campus Ministry|
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