Dr. Peter Nafzger is assistant professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
He has been a faculty member since 2016. He previously served as a guest instructor for Concordia Seminary through the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program, teaching courses on creedal themes, Lutheran Confessions, Lutheran distinctions and the master narrative through the Seminary’s state-of-the-art interactive learning community online. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. (2010-11).
Before joining the Seminary faculty, he was the sole pastor of New Life Church—Lutheran in Hugo, Minn. (2007-16). He has filled several administrative roles in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Minnesota South District, namely at district conventions and as part of its continuing education committee.
He also has been deeply involved in the LCMS National Youth Gathering as executive team member (2010, 2013, 2016) and Bible study director (2007, 2010, 2013, 2016).
His areas of interest include the theology of the Word of God, which includes the theology of preaching and the nature and function of the Scriptures, the Lutheran Confessions, and the purpose and practice of confirmation and youth ministry.
He is the author of These Are Written: Toward a Cruciform Theology of Scripture (Wipf and Stock/Pickwick Publications, 2013) and The Bright Star of Bethlehem Advent Bible Study (Creative Communications, 2013). He also has authored Bible studies for the LCMS Office of the President and LCMS Youth Ministry.
Nafzger holds a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Concordia Seminary (2004, 2009). He also participated in an international study program at Lutherische Theologische Hochschule in Oberusel, Germany (2001-02). He holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Concordia University in Seward, Neb. (1999).
He is married to Katie, and they have four children: Olivia, Johann, August and Louisa.
Nafzger serves as the assistant coach for the Preachers basketball team, and also enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, German board games, World Cup soccer, March Madness and, most recently, raising chickens.