Dr Stephen Pietsch

Position:Lecturer in Pastoral Theology (specialising in counselling studies)
(Full time)

Field Education Coordinator, School of Pastoral Theology

Graduation Marshall

Dean of Chapel

Area of service:Education Staff
Additional areas:ALC consultant to LCA Board for Pastoral Ministry Support, Member of Lutheran – Anglican Dialogue in Australia, Member of Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations
Location:ALC North Adelaide
Phone:+61 8 7120 8200
Email: ua.ude.cla@hcsteip.nehpets

BTh MMin PhD

Who am I?

I was born at Millicent, in the south east of South Australia, and grew up there, and later at Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills. I attended Concordia College in Adelaide and immediately came to Luther Seminary to study for the ministry of the church, in 1982.

After graduating in 1989 I served parishes in New South Wales and Victoria, commencing my work as a lecturer here at ALC in July 2008, at the same time beginning doctoral studies at the Adelaide College of Divinity and Flinders University. I am married to Coralie and have two children, Bethany and Oliver.

Special interests

  • Professional: Pastoral care, spirituality and Luther
  • Personal: I love gardening, cooking, reading, and music.

I teach the following

Qualifications in detail

  • Graduated Luther Seminary, 1988
  • Ordained 4 December 1988, Bethlehem, Adelaide

Papers & publications



Of good comfort: Martin Luther’s letters to the depressed and their significance for pastoral care today, ATF Press, Adelaide.



‘Luther’s theology of suffering and pastoral care’, Lutheran Theological Journal 51/2 (Aug), 98–107.


‘Exploring “Transformation” in Luther Studies’, Lutheran Forum 49/1 (Spring) 27–32.


‘Of good comfort: analysing and reflecting on Martin Luther’s pastoral letters to the depressed and their significance for pastoral care today’, PhD thesis, Flinders University (May).

‘Dangerous political propaganda or passionate prophetic speech? An alternative reading of Luther’s 1520 treatise, To the Christian nobility of the German nation concerning the reform of the Christian estate’, Lutheran Theological Journal 48/2 (Aug), 64–75.

‘Sure comfort: Luther on depression’, Logia XXIII/1 (Epiphany), 37–44.

Ego etiam sum doctor scripturae: an historical and contemporary reflection on Luther’s life and work as “doctor of holy scripture”’, Lutheran Theological Journal 48/3 (Dec), 145–159.


‘Luther’s “Rhetoric of the heart” for Lutheran preaching’, Lutheran Forum 42/3 (Fall), 26–41.


‘A contemporary reflection on Martin Luther’s understanding of and approach to depressive illness in his Table Talk’, Masters thesis, Adelaide College of Divinity.

‘The dark night of the soul—depression by another name?’, research forum paper, unpublished.

‘Luther comforts a depressed pastor: Luther’s Letter of consolation to George Spalatin—analysis and reflection’, Lutheran Theological Journal 45/3 (Dec), 144–155.


‘Depression and the soul—a Cook’s tour’, Lutheran Theological Journal 44/2 (Aug), 56–76.


‘Seelsorge: a living tradition in pastoral theology practice’, Lutheran Theological Journal 43/1 (May), 49–62.

Updated: 24/08/2017 1:04pm