We are excited to be hosting a variety of speakers in 2017 for our Reformation 500 Speaker Series! Plan to join us as we hear different perspectives on the significance of the Reformation each month.

June Event

In June Rev. Dr. Gerhard Bode will be speaking on the topic Martin Luther’s Reformation: Bringing God’s Word to God’s People. 

Martin Luther considered the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be the true treasure of the church. As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we recall Luther’s own goal as a reformer: to bring this treasure—God’s Word—to the people of his day. This presentation explores Luther’s own experience of reading of Scriptures and his determination to preach and teach what he found. The presentation will include discussion of Luther’s understanding of the Reformation, his translation of the Bible, his preaching, catechisms, and his goals for training up people of all ages in God’s Word and for faith and life in Him.

June 10 | 9:00 am

SPEAKER: Rev. Dr. Gerhard Bode
TOPIC: Martin Luther’s Reformation: Bringing God’s Word to God’s People
COST: $10 per person- Lunch included (Pay at door)

Day's Schedule

9:00 — 9:30 A.M. Registration
9:30 –10:15 A.M. Session 1 Presentation
10:15 –10:30 A.M. Coffee break
10:30–11:15 A.M.: Session 2 Presentation
11:15 — 12:15 P.M. Lunch
12:15 — 1:00 P.M.Session 3 Presentation
1:00 — 1:15 P.M. Coffee/pop break
1:15 — 2:15 P.M. Session 4 Presentation

*Childcare available upon request.


Rev. Dr. Gerhard Bode is Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Dean of Advanced Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. He is also the Seminary archivist.

Prior to coming to the Seminary, Bode was assistant pastor, 2004–05, and later assistant to the pastor, 2005–08, at Salem Lutheran Church in Affton, Mo.

He attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He then began studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis where he earned his Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Systematic Theology degrees. He also holds a master’s degree in classics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Bode and his wife, Rachel, have three children: Nicholas, Jacob and Katharina. They live in Glencoe, Mo.

July Event

Our May event will explore The Reformation and The Arts.Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Leinger will be speaking about the impact music, theater and visual arts had on the Reformation and the role they played in spreading Luther's message. 

July 15 | TBD

SPEAKER: Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Leinger
TOPIC: The Reformation and The Arts
COST: $10 per person- Lunch included (Pay at door)

Day's Schedule- TBD
3 Sessions

*Childcare available upon request. 

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Leininger has served as Concordia University Chicago’s University Pastor since 2002.  He was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn., where he attended Lutheran Schools through university.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Concordia University, St. Paul, majoring in theatre and completing pre-seminary requirements. In addition to his studies, Pastor Leininger was very involved in the arts and received the University’s Pro Artibus award for excellence in music and drama. After graduation, he worked in theatre education and directing, and spent a year touring with a professional Christian Theatre Company based in St. Paul.

Dr. Leininger received his pastoral training at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1991-1995).  He studied at Cambridge University from 1998 until 2002, receiving an M.Phil and Ph.D. in Divinity (Church History).  His area of research focused on the use of theatre in the English Reformation.

Pastor Leininger's practical pastoral experience comes from a year internship (vicarage) at First Lutheran, San Diego; one year of service as a pastoral assistant at Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston; and four years as Assistant Pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cambridge.  In addition to serving as University Pastor, his role at Concordia has grown to include advising all the Spiritual Life activities on campus, directing the Pre-Seminary Program, and supporting the University’s Church Relations office.

In his down-time: Pastor Leininger enjoys all things related to Minnesota sports teams; camping, hiking, biking, sailing and canoeing; attending musical and theatrical performances; spending time with his family; and he still loves a nice cup of English tea.  

Pastor Leininger's wife, Rachel, is an alum of Concordia Chicago (1993). They live with their two children, Grace and Andrew, in Maywood, IL.