Fr. Burnell F. Eckardt Jr., M. Div., S.T.M., Ph.D.
is Pastor of St. Paul’s
Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Illinois, and has been editor-in-chief
of Gottesdienst, the journal of Lutheran Liturgy (see www.gottesdienst.org), since
He holds a Ph.D. in historical theology from
Marquette University, and a Masters of Sacred Theology from Concordia
Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Since 2007 Pastor Eckardt has been an adjunct
professor for John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois, teaching online
courses in Major World Religions and Philosophy. Since 1985 he has also served
occasionally as a visiting professor for Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort
Wayne, Indiana, both in systematic and historical theology; and he is scheduled
to begin teaching an SMP course next Spring. Twice since 2001 he has visited
the Lutheran seminary in Novosibirsk, Russia, to teach medieval historical
He is the author of The New Testament in His Blood: A Study of the Holy Liturgy of the
Christian Church (Kewanee, Ill: Gottesdienst, 2010), Every Day Will I
Bless Thee: Meditations for the Daily Office (Sussex, Wis.: Concordia
Catechetical Academy, 1998), and Anselm and Luther on the Atonement: Was it Necessary? (New York: Edwin Mellen
His areas of special scholarly interest are
liturgical theology and Biblical hermeneutics.
Toward this end his interest in patristic and medieval history is especially
concerned with their schools of thought regarding Biblical interpretation and
its application to worship.
Pastor Eckardt has been a pastor since 1982, and
has served parishes in Virginia and Wisconsin prior to his move to Kewanee in
He also served on the Commission on Adjudication
for the South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church―Missouri Synod.
Besides his regular work with Gottesdienst, he has over the years had numerous
speaking engagements both at home and abroad, and has written many published articles,
as well as several hymns, two musical plays performed in Lutheran schools, and
a Christmas cantata “Shepherd of Israel” for mixed chorus, organ, and string
ensemble, whose debut performance was in Kewanee in January 2000.
His parish is also host to an annual Oktoberfest conference and gathering in
He was born on July 14, 1955, in
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, one of four children born to a physician. He and his wife Carol have six sons, four daughters-in-law,
and five grandchildren.
Updated May 15, 2016