CTS Professors Receive Advancement and Tenure


(l-r) Dr. Walter A. Maier III, Dr. John G. Nordling and Prof. John T. Pless

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—During their recent meeting, the Board of Regents of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, advanced one faculty member in rank and granted tenure to two others. "We rejoice that the faithful service of these valued colleagues on the faculty has been recognized by our Board of Regents. We hope these actions will encourage these brothers as they continue their exemplary teaching and service to Christ here at CTS," said Dr. Charles A. Gieschen, CTS academic dean.

The Rev. Dr. Walter A. Maier III was advanced in rank from associate professor to professor. Maier joined the Exegetical Department at CTS in November 1989, and specializes in Hebrew and Old Testament studies. His doctoral dissertation on Asherah, a Canaanite goddess, was published in 1986 in the Harvard Semitic Monographs series. He has contributed a number of articles to several books, including the Anchor Bible Dictionary; served as translation consultant and on the advisory council for the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible; was the study note contributor for the Book of Nahum for the ESV Study Bible; was a consultant for 1 and 2 Kings for The Lutheran Study Bible; and is currently completing the Concordia Commentary on 1 Kings. Maier is also one of the regular preachers on the syndicated television program Worship for Shut-ins.

The Rev. Dr. John G. Nordling was granted tenure on the faculty. Nordling joined the CTS faculty in 2006 as an associate professor of Exegetical Theology. He has developed “Lutheranism & the Classics,” a biennial conference wherein pastors, classicists and educators consider how the classical languages have influenced Lutheranism in the past, and how Greek and Latin are poised to enrich church, academy and culture in the future. He has written Philemon for the Concordia Commentary Series and Religion and Resistance in Early Judaism: Greek Readings in 1 Maccabees and Josephusfor the Concordia Peer Reviewed Series.

The Rev. Prof. John T. Pless was also granted tenure on the faculty. He joined the seminary faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions and director of Field Education. 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, Martin Luther: Preacher of the Cross—A Study In Luther’s Pastoral Theology and two chapters in Lutheran Worship History and Practice. With Dr. Matthew Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), 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.