Biographies

Paul J. Grime joined the CTS faculty in the fall of 2007. He serves as Dean of the Chapel and teaches in the Pastoral Ministry and Missions department. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance and Church Music from Valparaiso University and a Master of Music in Organ Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He earned an M.Div (1986) and S.T.M. (1987) from Concordia Theological Seminary. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (1994) from Marquette University, writing his dissertation on the topic “The Doctrine of the Trinity in the Hymns of Martin Luther.”

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.

Matthew A. Machemer joined the Concordia Theological Seminary community as associate kantor in 2014. He directs several choirs, works with instrumentalists, assists in worship planning for the chapel, and is organist for regular chapel services and special events. In addition, he is an instructor for the summer organist workshops and assists in the planning and administration of the seminary’s annual Good Shepherd Institute. Machemer attended Concordia University Chicago (River Forest), graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education; emphasizing in choral music. He is a published composer, with works available through Concordia Publishing House and Liturgy Solutions.

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.