500th Reformation Anniversary Worship Service
The Rev. Dr. Timothy Saleska
Concordia Seminary, St.Louis
|As we celebrate this special anniversary of the Reformation we are privileged to have Rev. Dr. Timothy Saleska serve as our guest preacher. At Concordia Seminary, Dr. Saleska teaches Hebrew and various Old Testament exegetical courses. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as the Dean of Ministerial Formation at the Seminary. In this roll he not only assists in the general oversight of students, but he also gets to interact on a personal level with students who are in the process of their formation. For the past eight years he has also served as the men’s varsity basketball coach which brings much joy to his life and those who play under him.
Dr. Saleska’s special area of research is biblical poetry and specifically the book of Psalms. He is especially interested in how Christians read and meditate on the Psalms and in exploring the history of their interpretation in the Church. He has published a downloadable bible study on the Psalms (available at CPH) and is presently working on the Psalms commentary for CPH. In addition to this specific interest, he is interested in how Christians interpret the Bible in general and how pastors can form faithful readers of God’s word and remain faithful themselves.
Outside of the Seminary community, Dr. Saleska has taught and lectured among Christians in various international settings, and he regularly speaks at pastors’ conferences, retreats, and congregational bible classes. As hobbies, he loves sports of all kinds. As often as possible, he plays basketball, softball, tennis and Ultimate. He greatly enjoys biking, walking his dog (Izzy), and hiking. His wife, Diane, teaches nursing at UMSL. They have three grown children (Rebecca [married to Ryan], Joshua, and Johanna) and one grandson, Samuel, with whom he spends time at every opportunity.