Dale A. Meyer

Dr. Dale A. Meyer is president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Dr. Meyer rejoined the faculty at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2001. He also serves as a professor of practical theology.
He was the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Chair in Homiletics and Literature at Concordia Seminary from 2001 to 2005. He served as the interim president (2004-05) and became the 10th president of Concordia Seminary in 2005.

He earned a master’s degree (1974) and a doctorate (1986) in classical languages from Washington University in St. Louis. He earned a Master of Divinity (1973) from Concordia Seminary. He completed his bachelor’s degree (1969) at Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. He also is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Divinity (1993) from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne.

Dr. Meyer began his ministry career serving as pastor of St. Salvator Lutheran Church in Venedy, Ill., and St. Peter Lutheran Church in New Memphis, Ill. (1974-81). He served on the faculty of Concordia Seminary as a guest instructor (1979-81) and as an assistant professor teaching classes in New Testament and homiletics and as the director of Resident Field Education (1981-84).

He served as senior pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Ill. (1984-88). Meyer was a speaker on The Lutheran Hour radio program from 1989 to 2001. Through 2003, he was the host of the television show On Main Street for Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Dr. Meyer has served The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the church at-large over the years in several capacities. He served as third vice-president of the LCMS from 1995 to 1998. He was a charter board member of the Association of Lutheran Older Adults (ALOA), has served as an honorary director of God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society and as a member of the Standing Committee on Pastoral Ministry for the LCMS. He was pastoral adviser for the Southern Illinois District of the International Lutheran Laymen’s League and has served as first vice president, second vice president, secretary and circuit counselor of the LCMS Southern Illinois District. He served on the Board of Trustees of the American Bible Society from 2001 to 2013.

Dr. Meyer has written numerous sermons and columns for Lutheran Hour Ministries, including the booklets “Coping with Cancer” and “Real Men.” He co-authored The Crosses of Lent, in-depth Bible studies of Matthew and Prophecy in the LifeLight series, and authored “The Place of the Sermon in the Order of Service” in Liturgical Preaching for Concordia Publishing House. He has contributed to Issues in Christian Education and is a regular contributor to the Concordia Journal. His articles include “A Church Caught in the Middle,” “An Urban Seminary” and “Why Go to Church?”

In 2014 Meyer wrote Timely Reflections: A Minute a Day with Dale Meyer, a compilation of 365 daily devotions from his long-running online series, The Meyer Minute. This book was published by Tri-Pillar Publishing in conjunction with Concordia Seminary.
Dr. Meyer has been speaking and preaching almost 30 years. His areas of interest and study includes: 1 Peter, the Church in a changing culture and the Sabbath applied to life today.

He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Diane. They have two grown daughters, Elizabeth (Darren) Pittman and Catharine (Charles) Bailey; and five grandsons; Christian, Connor and Nicholas Pittman, and Andrew and Jacob Bailey.

To request Dr. Meyer as a guest speaker please contact Kim Braddy at 314-505-7362 or braddyk@csl.edu.


  • President
  • Professor of practical theology


  • 1 Peter
  • The Church in a changing culture
  • Sabbath in modern times


  • B.A., Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • M.A., Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • D.D. (honorary), Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105

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