Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer
The Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer
Interim Speaker of The Lutheran Hour® radio program
Dr. Dale A. Meyer is the tenth president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., a position he has held since 2005. He also serves as a professor of practical theology. He previously occupied the Seminary’s Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Chair in Homiletics and Literature 2001-2005. He also served as the interim president, 2004-2005.
He earned a master’s degree (1974) and a doctorate (1986) in classical languages from Washington University in St. Louis. He earned a Master of Divinity degree (1973) from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He completed his bachelor’s degree (1969) at Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Divinity (1993) from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Meyer has served a number of congregations throughout his pastoral ministry. Also, he served as a guest instructor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, 1979-1981, as an assistant professor teaching classes in New Testament and homiletics, and as the director of Resident Field Education, 1981-1984.
Meyer was a speaker on The Lutheran Hour radio program, 1989-2001. Through 2003, he was the host of the television show On Main Street.
Meyer has served The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the church at-large over the years in several capacities. He served as third vice-president of the LCMS, 1995-1998. He was a charter board member of the Association of Lutheran Older Adults (ALOA), has served as an honorary director of God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society and as a member of the Standing Committee on Pastoral Ministry for the LCMS. He was pastoral adviser for the Southern Illinois District of the International Lutheran Laymen’s League and has served as first vice-president, second vice-president, secretary and circuit counselor of the Southern Illinois District of the LCMS. He served on the Board of Trustees of American Bible Society, 2001-2013.
Meyer has written numerous sermons and columns for Lutheran Hour Ministries, including the booklets “Coping with Cancer” and “Real Men.” He co-authored The Crosses of Lent, in-depth Bible studies of Matthew and Prophecy in the LifeLight series and authored “The Place of the Sermon in the Order of Service” in Liturgical Preaching for Concordia Publishing House. He has contributed to Issues in Christian Education and is a regular contributor to the Seminary’s Concordia Journal. His articles include “A Church Caught in the Middle,” “An Urban Seminary,” and “Why Go to Church?”
In 2014 Meyer wrote Timely Reflections: A Minute a Day with Dale Meyer, a compilation of 365 daily devotions from his long-running online series, The Meyer Minute. His newest book, Word Alive! 52 Selected Sermons, is due to be released in late November 2017 and features sermons from throughout the span of his 40+ years in ministry.
He resides in St. Louis with his wife Diane. They have two grown daughters: Elizabeth (Darren) Pittman and Catharine (Charles) Bailey, and five grandsons: Christian, Connor, and Nicholas Pittman and Andrew and Jacob Bailey.