Dr. Daniel Preus is interim president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Preus was named as interim president by the Board of Regents, effective July 1, 2020, until a search for the Seminary’s 11th president is completed. The Seminary’s next president will succeed Dr. Dale A. Meyer, who retired June 30.
Preus is a distinguished churchman with 40 years of parish service. He also served for nine years on the Seminary’s Board of Regents.
Preus previously served, at various times, as the first, third, fourth and fifth vice president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). He also has served congregations in Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado and Missouri. From 1995–2001, he served as director of Concordia Historical Institute, St. Louis, and from 2005–12, as director of Luther Academy, also in St. Louis, an organization devoted to promoting confessional Lutheran theology.
Preus was a leader in discussions resulting in the declaration of church fellowship between the LCMS and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya in 2004. In addition, Preus is the author of numerous articles for theological journals as well as the book Why I Am a Lutheran (Concordia Publishing House, 2004), which has been translated into seven languages.
Born in Mayville, N.D, Preus graduated from the former Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1971 and from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1975, when it was located in Springfield, Ill. In 1989 he received a Master of Sacred Theology and in 2015, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity, both from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Preus and his wife, Linda, live in St. Louis. They have three sons, two daughters and 11 grandchildren.