Leadership Matters: Introducing David Maier

Congregations Matter Introduces…David Maier

Congregations Matter has travelled around the country seeking Godly men ready and able to lead our Synod. We are excited to start introducing men to you who have the faith, character and experience necessary to serve congregations in the office of Synod President.

First, let us introduce Pastor David Maier to you. Congregations Matter believes he is one such man prepared by God to lead the LCMS as Synod President.

Introducing Pastor David Maier

Michigan District President David Maier Chosen to Lead the Council of Presidents

Pastor Maier is a proven leader and well-known in our Synod.  He recently was elected Chairman of the Council of Presidents by fellow Presidents who had observed his capable and effective leadership style for almost nine years.  He’s also just been reelected for a fourth term as President of the Michigan District.  David is a pastor.  He loves and trusts congregations.   He trusts God’s Word.

Maier ANSWERED CALLS to a life of service in our church

While enrolled in Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, he served his vicarage year at West Portal Lutheran Church in San Francisco, CA in 1980.  Ordained in 1982, David first served as the Mission Pastor of Our Savior in Marlette, Michigan.  Next God’s call sent him into the field as Youth Pastor and interim Senior Pastor at St. Peter in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

God had another harvest field in mind when in 1989 he was called to Our Savior in Lansing, Michigan as Administrative/Senior Pastor.  During his tenure, the congregation and school grew and expanded to a brand new facility on a 30 acre campus.  Maier served 20 years at Lansing until elected as President of the Michigan District in June of 2009.

Maier Called to Serve Beyond the Parish

President Maier has been a frequent speaker at youth retreats, men’s gatherings, and District Conferences and Conventions outside of Michigan.  He has served numerous times as Dean at Camp Arcadia, Michigan.  He has also served the Michigan District as a Pastoral Advisor to Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ, to the LWML and LLL, and as a Circuit Visitor, Circuit Visitor Chairman, and as Vice-President.

A Leader in Support of Synod

President Maier’s broad experience in our Synod includes the Worship Floor Committee for the 2001 LCMS Convention and as a Council of Presidents representative on the Seminary & University Education Floor Committee in 2010, the Theology & Church Relations Floor Committee in 2013, and Chairman of the Floor Committee 18 — Worker Wellness in 2016.  He has served on the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Task Force and the Resolution #4-04A Task Force for the Synod.  He is currently the Chairman of the Council of Presidents.


David’s grandfather was Dr. Walter A. Maier, the founder and first speaker of The Lutheran Hour; Executive Secretary of the Walther League and publisher of its regular mailings; and professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

His father, Dr. Walter A. Maier, Jr., was professor of New Testament at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne for more than 40 years.  Dr. Maier, Jr. further served our Synod as one of its Vice President’s for 12 years.

His brother, Dr. Walter A. Maier, III, is professor of Old Testament at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and author of Concordia Publishing House’s newest Commentary on First and Second Kings, with Volume One of First Kings already available from CPH.

His uncle, Dr. Paul L. Maier, is a noted historian, critically acclaimed author, oft-quoted apologist, and former Vice President of Synod.


David began his college education at Concordia College, Ann Arbor, when it was a Junior College, but he graduated as part of the first class from Ann Arbor’s four year program.  He then attended and graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.

In 2007, Pastor Maier was awarded his first honorary doctorate by St. Peter Confessional Lutheran Church of South Africa.  Concordia University Ann Arbor presented David with the Outstanding Alumnus Award in May 2010 during the Commencement exercises where he was also the Commencement Speaker.  In the spring of 2012, Concordia Ann Arbor awarded him the Doctorate of Laws Degree in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding leadership and diligent labor in the Lord’s Kingdom.  In December 2012, Concordia University Wisconsin conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters to Maier.


David married Patricia (Kemmerling) on July 19, 1980.  Their marriage has been blessed with four children:  Leah, Joel, James and Hannah.  Leah is married to Kyle DeWees.  Their marriage has been blessed with Beckett and Avery, Pastor and Pat Maier’s two grandchildren.   Hannah married Garrett Wenzelburger in June, 2016.   Joel married Shae Snyder this past Memorial Day weekend.


Dr. Maier is 62 years old.  He enjoys camping, hiking, and fishing with Pat and their family in the wilds of Montana; golfing; and gardening with Pat, as well as their regular walks together wherever they are.


Congregations Matter believes our Synod is going in the wrong direction.  We’ve taken a wrong turn into heirarchialism.  St. Louis pretends it can supervise every pastor, deaconess, called teacher and congregation in our Synod — and enforce its policy preferences on our congregations and synodical institutions.

That’s contrary to our traditional understanding of our Synod Constitution and our glorious history.  This unbiblical move toward centralization will never work.  We fled from it as we formed our Synod from newly-founded congregations in America.  Heirarchialism didn’t work then.  It won’t work in our Synod’s future.

In contrast, David Maier trusts our called workers and our congregations.  He’s a pastor.  If David is our next Synod President, Congregations Matter believes his administration will be marked by a return to our congregational system of governance.

Let’s think positive thoughts about our future again.  Let’s trust each other — and our congregations — again.

It will soon be time for congregations to nominate pastors for Synod President.  Congregations Matter believes your congregation should consider David Maier and nominate him for the office.

Isn’t it time Synod returns to serving congregations instead of trying to govern them with central power in St. Louis?

Let’s imagine…immeasurably more!



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