BTh, MMin, PhD
Stephen Pietsch is a pastor of the Lutheran Church of Australia and New Zealand and lecturer in pastoral theology and counselling at Australian Lutheran College, in Adelaide SA.
He studied for the pastoral ministry at Luther Seminary, graduating in 1988. Since starting at ALC in 2008 he has completed a Master of Ministry (Adelaide College of Divinity, 2012) and a PhD at Flinders University (2014) winning the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.
Stephen Pietsch’s main research areas are Luther’s pastoral theology and practice and its reception today, in various areas, including mental health, suicide, bereavement and grief.
He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate units in pastoral care and counselling, the Lutheran Confessions, homiletics and liturgics and currently co-supervises two PhD candidates.
Since 2015 Stephen has served as a member of the Lutheran Church of Australia’s Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations, and since 2019 has been the chairman of this commission.
Accredited teaching disciplines
- Doxology –The Lutheran Centre for Spiritual Care and Counsel, US (Member of board of advisors)