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Golden, Prieto join Seminary faculty

New professors bring teaching, mission experience

Two new professors joined the faculty at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis July 1, 2021. Dr. Kevin Golden is associate professor of Exegetical Theology, and Dr. Ely Prieto is associate professor of Practical Theology, the Lutheran Foundation Professor of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry and associate dean for Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry.

“We are excited to bring two very experienced new faculty members, Dr. Kevin Golden and Dr. Ely Prieto, to Concordia Seminary. Both men have demonstrated their commitment to pastoral ministry and mission in their own way,” said Provost Dr. Douglas L. Rutt. “Dr. Golden is known as a caring, dedicated parish pastor who has distinguished himself as a preacher and teacher. Dr. Prieto brings a depth of mission experience, beginning with his work among people who are deaf in Brazil, all the way to his time as a missionary in the San Antonio area working with immigrants. It has been my privilege to have known them for many years and I look forward to working with them here at the Seminary.”

About Dr. Kevin Golden

Golden previously served as pastor of Village Lutheran Church, Ladue, Mo. (2009-21), and as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Holts Summit, Mo. (2002-09). Golden earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (2010) and his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) (1999) from Concordia Seminary. In 1995, Golden received a Bachelor of Arts in antiquities and religious studies, graduating summa cum laude in the Honors College at Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.

Golden taught at Calvary Lutheran High School, Jefferson City, Mo. (2005-09). He also served as a guest instructor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (2007, 2009) and at Concordia Seminary (2000-02, 2009-14, 2017-21) teaching Old Testament courses, Greek and Hebrew.

Golden and his wife, Joy, have seven children.

About Dr. Ely Prieto

Before coming to Concordia Seminary, Prieto served as the executive director/urban mission developer at Lutheran Intercity Network Coalition – San Antonio, Texas (LINC-SA) (2011-21). He also served as a vacancy pastor at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, San Antonio (2009-21) and as assistant pastor and the director of world missions at Concordia Lutheran Church, San Antonio (2001-11). Prieto was senior pastor at Congregação São Paulo, Arroio do Meio, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (1993-96); and assistant pastor at Congregação São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul (1984-91), as well as school chaplain and missionary-at-large for the deaf (1984-91).

He received his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Concordia Seminary (2009) and a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1993). He holds a Bachelor of Theology (B.Theol.) from Lutheran University of Brazil, Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul (2016); and a Bachelor of Theology (B.D.) from Seminário Concórdia, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, (1983).

Prieto and his wife, Miriam, have two children.

About Concordia Seminary

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit csl.edu.

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