Rev. Dr. Norman E. Nagel

  • Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology

Dr. Norman E. Nagel is a professor emeritus of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

He retired in 2006 after 22 years of distinguished service as professor of Systematic Theology. He also served as chairman of the Department of Systematic Theology (1986-92, 1994-95).

Born in China, the son of a New Zealand Lutheran missionary pastor and an Australian mother, he grew up in Australia, attended Concordia College in Adelaide, Australia, and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Adelaide (1945) where he then served as an instructor (1946-47). Coming to America (1947), he received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary (1953) and accepted a call from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE) to serve as pastor of Luther-Tyndale Memorial Church in London, England, where he was ordained. At the request of the ELCE, he matriculated at Cambridge University (1957), served as pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church there and, after receiving his Ph.D. (1962), was named Preceptor of Westfield House (1962-68), the seminary of the ELCE.

He was then called to be dean of the chapel and professor of theology at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. (1968-83). While on sabbatical from Valparaiso (1975), he served as visiting professor at Martin Luther Seminary in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

He was awarded three honorary degrees: an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. (1999); an honorary Doctor of Laws, Concordia College—
New York in Bronxville, N.Y. (2000); and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Concordia University in Irvine, Calif. (2012).

His published works include the book Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel (Concordia Publishing House); his translation from the German of Werner Elert’s book “On Church Fellowship”; and articles in The Concordia Theological Journal and The Australian Theological Review.

He married Betsy Newman in 1953 and they have been blessed by three sons and their families.