Dale A. Meyer

Dr. Dale Meyer was born in Chicago Heights, Ill. He completed a B.A. in 1969 at Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. He is a 1973 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, earning a Master of Divinity degree. He earned an M.A. (1974) and a Ph.D. (1986) in classical languages from Washington University in St. Louis. In 1993 Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.

Meyer began his pastoral career serving as pastor of St. Salvator Lutheran Church in Venedy, Ill. and St. Peter Lutheran Church in New Memphis, Ill. from 1974 to 1981. He served on the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. from 1979 to 1981 as a guest instructor and 1981 to 1984 as an assistant professor teaching classes in New Testament and homiletics and as the director of Resident Field Education. From 1984 to 1988 Dr. Meyer served as senior pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Ill. until 1988. From 1989 to 2001 Dr. Meyer was speaker on the radio program “The Lutheran Hour” and until 2003 he was the host of the television show “On Main Street.”

Dr. Meyer joined the faculty at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. again in 2001. He served as the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Chair in Homiletics and Literature at Concordia from 2001-2005. He served as the interim president from 2004-2005 and became the tenth president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2005. He also serves as a professor of practical theology. He is the author of “The Meyer Minute,” a weekday internet commentary. He also currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Bible Society.

Dr. Meyer has served our synod at-large over the years in several capacities. He served as third vice-president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod from 1995 to 1998. He was a charter board member of ALOA (Association of Lutheran Older Adults), 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 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. 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 Southern Illinois District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

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 Concordia’s book Liturgical Preaching for Concordia Publishing House. He has contributed to the Concordia Journal and Issues in Christian Education. His articles include “A Church Caught in the Middle,” “An Urban Seminary,” and “Why Go to Church?”

Meyer has been speaking and preaching on the road for over 20 years and continues to do so. His areas of interest and study includes: 1 Peter, the Church in a changing culture, and the Sabbath applied to life today. He resides in St. Louis, Mo. with his wife Diane. They have two grown daughters.

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


  • Professor of Practical Theology
  • President of Concordia Seminary


  • 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., Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office phone:  314-505-7011
Email: meyerd@csl.edu

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