Richard T. Nuffer, M.Div.

Assoc. Professor Pastoral Ministry &  Missions
Coordinator of Clinical Pastoral Education


Prof. Nuffer was raised in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. He received a B.A. from Valparaiso University in 1968 and then taught English in the inner city of Chicago for four and a half years. Prof. Nuffer moved to Texas and graduated from Baylor University School of Law in 1975, receiving a J.D. degree.

From 1975 until 1989, Prof. Nuffer practiced law in Texas, specializing in civil litigation. In 1989, he began studies at Concordia Theological Seminary. He served his vicarage in 1992 at Peace Lutheran Church, Rockport, Texas, where he also served as pastor until November 1997.

Prof. Nuffer teaches homiletics, catechetics, and other pastoral theology courses at the seminary. His elective and graduate level courses include ones addressing the relationship between the pastoral ministry and the American legal system.

Prof. Nuffer is a member of Zion Lutheran, where he serves on the Board of Directors and is chairman of the Evangelism Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Heritage Foundation and of Lutheran Homes, Inc. of Fort Wayne.

Prof. Nuffer is married to Patricia Squibb Nuffer, a deaconess serving Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her work involves outreach to people with disabilities in southern Sudan. The Nuffers have four grown children.