W. Mart Thompson

Dr. W. Mart Thompson is associate professor of practical theology and director of the Specific Ministry Program (SMP).

Thompson joined the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty in 2016.

Beginning in 2012, Thompson served as a guest instructor for Concordia Seminary through the SMP and Doctor of Ministry programs. He also served in a similar capacity at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Previously, he served as the senior pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Pevely, Mo. (2001-16). He also served as the pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Monett, Mo. (1992-2000), and campus pastor and rural parish pastor at Campus Lutheran Chapel, Mankato, Minn., and St. John Lutheran Church, Rapidan, Minn. (1988-92).

He has served The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in various capacities for three decades. Currently, he is the Mission Board Chairman for the LCMS Missouri District and National Advisory Board Ambassador for the Concordia Center for the Family. Also, Thompson recently adapted a seminary course about assimilating into congregational life for use by the LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry nationwide.

He is a regular presenter at LCMS-affiliated events, where he has offered his expertise on topics ranging from the doctrine of vocation to family friendly churches.
Thompson holds a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Concordia Seminary (1988, 2008). He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo. (1984).

Thompson enjoys tennis, weightlifting, scuba diving, backpacking and traveling. Thompson and his wife, Cheryl, have three children.


  • Director of the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program
  • Associate Professor of practical theology


  • Christian Education and Catechesis
  • Family and Youth Ministry
  • Parish Planning and Administration
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Small Group Ministry and Assimilation
  • Stewardship Education


  • B.A., Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • D.Min., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.


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