Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

  • Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
  • Chairman, Pastoral Ministry and Missions Department
  • Director of Pastoral Formation Programs


The Reverend Dr. Carl C. Fickenscher II is Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions and Chairman of the Pastoral Ministry and Missions Department of Concordia Theological Seminary, teaching primarily in the area of homiletics. He is also Director of Pastoral Formation Programs of the seminary.

Dr. Fickenscher received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Southern Methodist University in May 1976 and a Master of Business Administration there as well in August 1978. After working in business and politics, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in May 1984. Dr. Fickenscher pursued his doctoral degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving the PhD in Homiletics from that institution in May 1996, making him the first man in the LCMS to hold a PhD in this field.

Dr. Fickenscher is Editor of Concordia Pulpit Resources, the synod’s preaching journal published by Concordia Publishing House, and Chairman of the LCMS Preach the Word Project, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. He has published numerous articles, essays, sermons, and curricular pieces, receiving an award from Concordia Historical Institute in 2012 for a series of articles on the preaching of C. F. W. Walther, has edited CPH’s Faith Alive Bible (a study Bible for youth), and was a theological consultant on the current CPH Sunday school curriculum Growing in Christ. Currently he is working on a book for CPH, Looking Forward to Sunday Morning.

From 2011 until 2019 Dr. Fickenscher was a member of the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations. Earlier he represented the synod on its dialogue panel with the ELCA. He recently served as chairman of the Society of Concordia Theological Faculties and is on the board of Higher Things, LCMS youth organization, after two terms as its vice president. In 2005 he traveled for LCMS World Relief to areas of India and Indonesia stricken by the tsunami and subsequent earthquakes. He was also an essayist at the 2001 synodical convention, the 2003 Pieper Lectures, district conventions in 2006, 2009, and 2012, and the North European Luther Academy in Varberg, Sweden, in 2009; is a strong supporter of the sanctity of human life, including as a district pastoral advisor for Lutherans for Life; is a frequent speaker for conferences, retreats, and workshops; and is a regular guest on Issues, Etc. (including the weekly show, “Looking Forward to Sunday Morning”), KFUO Studio A, and Table Talks radio programs, having guested also on The Lutheran Hour and on Point of Truth television.

Pastor Fickenscher served Messiah Lutheran Church in Midland, Michigan, from August 1984 to March 1989. He then accepted a call to Peace Lutheran Church in Garland, Texas, where he served from March 1989 until accepting a call to the seminary in July 1999. At their present congregation, St. Paul Lutheran in Fort Wayne, Dr. Fickenscher and his wife Claire together have been Sunday School superintendents and youth counselors and currently chair the evangelism board. Even more importantly, they are the very proud parents of Rachel (a recent deaconess graduate of the seminary now serving with Lutherans for Life), Daniel (a seminary student at CTS and a former GEO missionary for the LCMS in Latin America), and Gabriel (also a recent LCMS GEO missionary to Slovakia and the Czech Republic), and the very, very proud grandparents of Augustana Ruth Geraci (daughter of Rachel and her husband Rev. Coleman Geraci).

Works of Note

Collected Writings

Scholarly Articles

Concordia Pulpit Resources, “Law and Gospel and the Form of the Sermon,” series, September 29, November 29, 1998, February 17, 1999 issues
“The Divine Preaching of Jesus,” essay in Preaching through the Ages, Pieper Lecture essays, Luther Academy, 2004
“‘Working’ the Lectionary,” essay in Liturgical Preaching, CPH, 2000
Concordia Theological Quarterly, “The Contribution of the Reformation to Preaching,” October 1994
Concordia Pulpit Resources, “From the Editor,” quarterly columns, Concordia Publishing House, every issue June 15, 2003 to present
Concordia Pulpit Resources, “The Preaching of C. F. W. Walther,” series, CPH, November 28, 2010, March 13, 2011, June 19, 2011, September 25, 2011 issues
LSB: Hymnal Companion, essays on hymns 584, 590, 599, 601, 665, 695, 829, CPH, 2011
Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, “A Reader’s Edition for All Readers: A Comparative Analysis of the Dau and Schaum Editions of Walther’s Law and Gospel,” 2013

Devotional Writings

Teachers Interaction, “Law and Gospel,” series, CPH, Fall 2005-Summer 2007 issues
Teachers Interaction, “A Sunday School Profile,” CPH, Fall 2004 issue
Little Visits, Volume 3, devotions, CPH, 2004
For the Life of the World, “The Family: A Place for Catechism,” April 2004 issue
For the Life of the World, “Luther on the External Word of Preaching,” January 2002 issue
For the Life of the World, “Are Today’s Ears Hearing the Timeless Message?: Law and Gospel for Every Generation,” July 2000 issue
Concordia Pulpit Resources, “The Reformation Contribution to Preaching,” series, September 23, December 2, 2001, February 13, 2002 issues
Very Much Alive: Preserving the Sanctity of Life, youth Bible study curriculum, CPH, 1999
Portals of Prayer, November 1999 issue
Faith Alive Bible, youth study Bible, CPH, 1995
LifeLight: Isaiah I and Isaiah II, review leaflet articles, CPH, 1994
Teachers Interaction, “Enlightened by the Spirit” theme article, March 1994
Teachers Interaction, “Just for You” column, September 1991-June 1992 issues
Teachers Interaction, “Just for Adult Leaders” column, October 1989-July 1990 issues
Our Life in Christ, “Searching the Scriptures,” CPH, 1998-1999
Our Life in Christ, “Superintendents Helper” devotions, June-August 1992
Our Life in Christ, junior level Sunday school curriculum, CPH, 1989, 1992
Welcome to God’s Family, youth/adult vacation Bible school curriculum, CPH, 1988
Monumental Mountaintops, adult Bible study guide, Concordia Publishing House, 1987
My Devotions, articles in November 1986, May 1987, April 1988, October 1990, November 1992, May 1993, April 1994, September 1996 issues


Concordia Pulpit Resources, sermons, sermon studies, children’s sermons, illustrations, and excerpts in numerous issues
“The Kingdom of God is Like…,” sermon in Come to the Banquet, Baker Books, 1998

Book Reviews

Concordia Theological Quarterly, book reviews, various issues


Concordia Pulpit Resources, “From the Editor,” quarterly columns, every issue June 15, 2003 to present
Christ Crucified: Lutheran Sermons by Chad Bird, Preface, Emmanuel Press, 2005
“Church Fellowship and Telling the Good News about Jesus,” LCMS convention essay, 2001
“Doing” Law and Gospel Preaching, multi-media module, PALS program, LCMS, 2001