Dr. Glenn Nielsen

Nielsen, Glenn

  • Professor of Practical Theology, Practical Theology
  • Director of Placement, Placement
  • Director of Vicarage and Deaconess Internships, Ministerial Formation

Dr. Glenn Nielsen is the director of Placement, director of Vicarage and Deaconess Internships, and professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Nielsen has been a faculty member since 1990. In 2007 he also assumed responsibilities of the internship program for the Seminary’s Deaconess Studies program.

His areas of interest and expertise include communication, rhetoric and homiletics. Particularly, Nielsen has studied the use of creative means within a sermon.

Nielsen received his Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Concordia Seminary (1981, 1987). He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Chicago (1989, 1993).

Nielsen has published the Life Light Bible Study on Miracles and study notes for Psalms 90-105 in the Lutheran Study Bible for Concordia Publishing House. He published a worship and preaching CD through Creative Communications for the Parish, titled A Living, Daring Confidence: A Worship Series on Romans. He contributed the chapter “Evaluating and Extending the Research Implications” in The Pastor’s Brain Manual: A Fascinating Work in Progress (Lutheran University Press, 2015). He has authored several articles, including pieces focused on preaching for the modern era and engaging worshipers. He also has submitted several items for Concordia Pulpit Resources, including one article on sermon delivery and one on preaching in a series. He contributed several long-form articles to Concordia Theology on medicine, habitus, preaching and the Comfort Dog ministry.

Nielsen and his wife, Sue, are handlers for Noah, a Lutheran Church Charities’ K-9 Comfort Dog. Noah travels to churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals and events in the St. Louis area. He also can be deployed in disaster response situations.

The Nielsens have four grown children and two grandchildren. Nielsen enjoys baseball, playing softball and taking Noah for daily walks.




Ph D Northwestern University Chicago, Illinois
MA Northwestern University Chicago, Illinois
STM Concordia Seminary, St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri
MDIV Concordia Seminary, St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri
BA Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana