Dr. Joel Pless (2000)
Professor of Theology


  • A.A., Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI
  • B.A., Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI
  • M.Div., Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
  • S.T.M., Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
  • Ph.D.,┬áConcordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Academic Interests/Specialties

  • Old and New Testament studies
  • Archaeology
  • Geography
  • European and American Lutheranism
  • Civil War history

Courses I Teach

  • Idea of a Christian College
  • Christian Life Planning
  • Introduction to Theology
  • New Testament
  • Christian Faith and Life
  • History of Israel
  • Life of Christ
  • Pauline Epistles
  • History of Christianity

Additional Responsibilities

  • Member, International Admissions Committee
  • Secretary and board member, Lutheran Historical Conference
  • Board member, WELS Historical Institute
  • Tour coordinator, Salem Lutheran Landmark Church
  • Pulpit assistant, area WELS congregations


  • Donating blood
  • Home improvements
  • Photography
  • Traveling