Pastor Thomas Pietsch

Position:Lecturer in Church History
(Part time)
Area of service:Education Staff
Additional areas:Associate Pastor at St Paul’s, Ferryden Park
Location:ALC North Adelaide
Phone:+61 8 7120 8200

BA BCom BA(Hons) BTh BMin STM

Who am I?

I am married to Chelsea and have one young son. I was ordained a pastor of the LCA in 2010 and served the Grovedale parish for some four years. Before studying for the ministry I studied economics and classics at Monash and Melbourne University. I’ve since received a masters from Concordia Seminary, St Louis, where I wrote on Augustine’s treatment of nature and grace and its reception today.

I still love playing sports, watching old films, reading novels, participating in the liturgy, and being with my wife and son.

Special interests

  • Patristic Theology
  • Augustine
  • Political Theology

I teach the following

Qualifications in detail

  • BCom (Economics) (Monash University, 2003)
  • BA (Latin) (Monash University, 2003)
  • BA (Hons in Classical Studies) (University of Melbourne, 2004)
  • BTh (Australian Lutheran College, 2010)
  • BMin (Australian Lutheran College, 2010)
  • STM (Historical Theology) (Concordia Seminary, St Louis, 2017)
  • Ordained 5 December, 2010 at Concordia College, Highgate.

Papers & publications



Extra Nos but not extraneous: Augustine’s De Natura et Gratia and contemporary receptions of Augustine.’ STM thesis, Concordia Seminary, St Louis.

‘René Girard, anthropologist of the cross.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 51, no. 2 (August): 119–134.

‘Hermann Sasse and Jaroslav Pelikan: confession and tradition.’ Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology 26, no. 2 (Eastertide): 31–40.


‘Have yourself an avaricious Christmas.’ MercatorNet, 17 December. Accessed 25 January 2017.


‘Oscar Wilde and the broken heart.’ Life News 28, no. 2: 1–5.


‘The transcendent in the conversion of Augustine: a re-examination of his early theology of sex.’ Honours thesis, University of Melbourne.

Updated: 09/07/2018 1:12pm