Dr. David W. Wollenburg is a professor emeritus of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
He retired in 2009 after eight years of distinguished service as professor of Practical Theology. He also developed and served as the director of the Seminary’s Specific Ministry Pastor Program, adopted by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 2007. He previously served as director of the Distance Education Leading to Ordination program, admissions counselor (1975-76) and guest instructor in homiletics (1980-87).
He received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) from Concordia Seminary (1971, 1984); his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Ore. (2006); and his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind. (1967).
Before joining the faculty of Concordia Seminary, he served as a pastor in Grayling, Mich. (1971-72), and Quincy, Ill. (1972-74). He was called to active duty with the U.S. Air Force in 1976 and worked in southern California and Tacoma, Wash. He transferred to the Air National Guard and served as pastor of Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Louis (1980-87). He was called to active duty with the Air National Guard and served as a chaplain for the Air National Guard’s Professional Military Education Center in Knoxville, Tenn. (1987-96). He retired from the military in 1999 after transferring to the Air Force Reserves. He served as pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Crossville, Tenn. (1997-01), when he was called to the Seminary.
He authored the book Campus symbolism: Devotions for new students (Concordia Seminary Press).
He and his wife, Jerri, have four children and 15 grandchildren.