Dr. Richard H. Warneck is a professor emeritus of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
He retired in 2008 after 19 years of distinguished service as professor of Practical Theology. He also served as the Seminary’s director of field education and vicarage programs (1974-77) and was chairman of the Practical Department (1995-2005).
He received his Master of Sacred Theology and Ph.D. degrees from Concordia Seminary (1967, 2000). He was ordained in 1961 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ellisville, Mo.
Before joining the faculty of Concordia Seminary in 1974, he served as assistant pastor and senior pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ellisville, Mo. (1961-62, 1962-74). He was pastor at Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, Mo. (1977-81); and senior pastor at Grace Lutheran Chapel in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo. (1981-92).
His published work includes sermons in Concordia Pulpit, Concordia Pulpit Resources and Concordia Journal; the preface to the Concordia Heritage edition of Pastoral Theology by J. H. C. Fritz; numerous articles for Concordia Journal and Tower; and the essay, “The Pastor as Religious and Civic Leader: Breaking with Quietism,” in Witness & Worship in Pluralistic America (2003). His book, Pastoral Ministry: Theology and Practice, is scheduled for publication by Concordia Publishing House in 2018.
He served on numerous boards and committees for the church-at-large including the LCMS-ALC Fellowship Commission, the LCMS Board of Doctrinal Review, the Lutheran Association of Higher Education in St. Louis’ board of trustees, and as the Synod’s representative to the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. He served as circuit counselor for the Ellisville Circuit of the LCMS Missouri District.
He and his wife, Marlene, are the parents of two sons.