Glenn A. Nielsen

Dr. Glenn Nielsen is the director of vicarage and deaconess internships and professor of practical theology.

Nielsen has been a Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty member since 1990. In 2007 he also assumed responsibilities of the internship program for Deaconess Studies.

His areas of interest and expertise include communication, rhetoric and homiletics. Particularly, Nielsen has studied the use of creative means within a sermon.

Nielsen received his Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Concordia Seminary (1981, 1987). He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University (1989, 1993).

Nielsen has published the Life Light Bible Study on Miracles and study notes for Psalms 90-105 in the Lutheran Study Bible for Concordia Publishing House. He contributed the chapter “Evaluating and Extending the Research Implications” in The Pastor’s Brain Manual: A Fascinating Work in Progress (Lutheran University Press, 2015). He has authored several articles, including pieces focused on preaching for the modern era and engaging worshipers. He also has submitted several items for Concordia Pulpit Resources, including one article on sermon delivery and one on preaching in a series. 

Nielsen and his wife are handlers for Noah, a Lutheran Church Charities’ K-9 Comfort Dog. Noah travels to churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals and events in the St. Louis area. He also can be deployed in disaster response situations.

He and his wife, Sue, have four grown children and two grandchildren. He enjoys baseball, playing softball and taking Noah for daily walks.


  • Director of Vicarage and Internship
  • Professor of Practical Theology


  • Communication
  • Rhetoric
  • Homiletics


  • B.A., Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • S.T.M., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • M.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Contact information

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place
St. Louis, MO 63105

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