David J. Peter

Dr. David J. Peter is associate professor of practical theology, chairman of the practical theology department and placement counselor.

Peter has been a member of the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty member since 1998. He was named chairman of the department of practical theology in 2010. He formerly served as the director of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) program (1998-2013).

His areas of interest include the dynamics of pastoral leadership in different sizes of congregations. He also works to support pastors and lay leaders of mid-sized congregations to engage in the challenges and opportunities distinctive of that congregational size. He also specializes in good preaching, especially that which demonstrates the characteristics of biblical exposition.

Peter teaches courses in homiletics, pastoral ministry, pastoral leadership, parish administration, New Testament exegesis and Old Testament survey at the pre-seminary, Master of Divinity, distance certification and doctoral levels.

Before joining the Seminary, Peter served as a visiting instructor of theology at Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, from 1987 to 1988. He also served as a pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Peoria, Ill., from 1995 to 1998.

Peter received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in 1987. He also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill. (1999).

Peter has published Christ Our Passover Lenten Sermon Series for Concordia Publishing House. He also has published Bible study resources for congregations through The Lutheran Church−Missouri Synod, and several sermons and devotional resources through Creative Communications for the Parish and Concordia Seminary. He also has published articles in Concordia Journal, Concordia Pulpit Resources, The Servant and Issues in Christian Education, and led seminars on the book of Revelation.
Peter and his wife, Tonya, have two sons. His personal interests include home and yard improvement, running, playing piano, hiking and camping.


  • Counselor, Placement Services
  • Chairman of the Department of Practical Theology
  • Associate Professor of Practical Theology


  • Dynamics of Pastoral Leadership in Different Sizes of Congregations
  • Supporting Pastors and Lay Leaders of Mid-sized Congregations


  • B.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Mo.
  • D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill.

Contact Information

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

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