David R. Schmitt

Dr. David R. Schmitt is the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Professor of Homiletics and Literature.

A Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty member since 1995, he is professor of practical theology. He is also chairman of the homiletics instructors group.  

His interests and areas of expertise include preaching, the intersections of faith and culture, particularly literary culture, spiritual autobiography and the devotional life.

He received his doctorate in English at Washington University, St. Louis (2005), his master’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1990), and Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary (1988). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich. (1984).    

Schmitt served as pastor at Saint John the Divine Lutheran Church, Chicago, Ill., from 1990-1995.

His published works include “The Tapestry of Preaching” Concordia Journal 37.2 (2011); “Richard Caemmerer’s Goal, Malady, Means: A Retrospective Glance” Concordia Theological Quarterly (2010); Devotion and Community: Thresholds of Faith,” in Inviting Community (Concordia Seminary Press, 2013); “Law and Gospel in Sermon and Service,” in Preaching Is Worship: The Sermon in Context (Concordia Publishing House, 2011); “Heroic Deeds of Conscience: Milton’s Stand against Religious Conformity in Paradise Regained,” Huntington Library Quarterly 76.1 (Spring 2013).

Forthcoming work includes hymn studies for Lutheran Service Book hymn companions, a devotional booklet Man of God: Renewed for Life and two book projects: The Pilgrimage of Preaching, a homiletics text on the art of preaching, and Restoration Spiritualities, a literary study on late 17th century faith and literary culture.

In addition to his Seminary work, he is a contributor to “Sermon Structures” on Concordiatheology.org, serves on the Concordia Pulpit Resources advisory board and is a board member and contributor to the Preach the Word project for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Outside of the Seminary, he enjoys racquetball and exercise.


  • The Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Endowed Chair in Homiletics and Literature
  • Professor of Practical Theology


  • Preaching
  • Faith and Literary Culture
  • Spiritual Autobiography
  • Devotional Life


  • B.A., Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • M.Div, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • M.A., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
  • M.A., Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

Contact Information

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

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