Joel D. Biermann

The son of a pastor, Joel Biermann was raised in parishes in Alberta, Nebraska, and Michigan. Graduating from Concordia College, Ann Arbor in 1983, he enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and finished his M.Div. in 1987. Married to Jeannalee Richardt in 1985, the young couple embarked on a life of service to the church by beginning at Trinity in Bemidji, Minn. A call led to a pastorate at St. Matthew, Holt, Mich. 1998 brought another move as Dr. Biermann returned to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis as a graduate student. He completed his Ph.D. in 2002 with a dissertation entitled, Virtue Ethics and the Place of Character Formation in Lutheran Theology.

Dr. Biermann joined the faculty at Concordia Seminary the summer of 2002 in the department of systematic theology, teaching doctrinal theology with a special interest and emphasis centered on ethics and the correct role of the law in the life of the believer. Outside of his responsibilities at the Seminary, Dr. Biermann serves actively at his home congregation, leading evangelism training, teaching an ongoing Sunday morning Bible class, and creating material for small group Bible studies (Help for the Hurried Life, Questions About). He has also helped produce similar study material through Lutheran Hour Ministry (Who Am I, What Am I Doing Here?, We the People) and provided discussion questions and answers for a series of men’s Bible Study books through Concordia Publishing House (Blessed is the Man). Dr. Biermann is a frequent speaker at district and congregational gatherings and conferences covering a variety of topics especially relating to issues of discipleship and sanctification.

Dr. Biermann and his wife make their home in St. Louis and enjoy staying active in a variety of ways in the outdoors and in all that the city has to offer. They have three grown children: Jasmine, Justine, and Jess.


  • Associate Professor of Systematic Theology


  • B.A., Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Ph.D., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office phone: 314-505-7567


Journal Articles:

  • “Sex, Sin, and Civil Silence” (Concordia Journal, 2004)
  • “Why the Two Kinds of Righteousness” (Concordia Journal, 2007)
  • “Step Up to the Altar” (Concordia Theological Quarterly, 2008)

Conference Topics:

  • Two Kinds of Righteousness: A Better Paradigm
  • Lessons on Ambidexterity (Two Realms/Kingdoms)
  • Left or Right or Wrong (Two Realms/Kingdoms)
  • Stewardship and Giving in Light of Two Kinds of Righteousness
  • Man and Woman in Creation
  • Vocation and the Lutheran Pastor
  • Luther on Vocation and Mission
  • The Seven Virtues
  • Natural Law and the Goal of Being Human
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