The Rev. Dr. James A. Nestingen is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and holds both a master of divinity and master of theology degree from Luther Seminary. He received his doctorate in theology from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. Following his ordination in 1971, he served as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Coquille, Ore., for three years before becoming curriculum editor at Augsburg Publishing House from 1974-1976. Nestingen taught Church History at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota for over thirty years. He is a nationally recognized Luther scholar as well as a popular speaker and lecturer. Nestingen has written and spoken prolifically on Luther’s catechisms and confessional Lutheran theology, and is the author of numerous books, including Martin Luther: His Life and His Teachings (2004, 1982), Sources and Contexts of The Book of Concord (coeditor, 2001), Manger in the Mountains (2000), The Faith We Hold (1983), Roots of Our Faith (1978), and Free to Be (with Gerhard Forde, 1975).