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Pastor Thomas Pietsch


Lecturer in Church History

Tom commenced work at ALC in semester 1 2017, having accepted the Church’s call to serve as ALC’s Lecturer in Church History.
Location ALC North Adelaide


Tom is married to Chelsea and has two young sons. He was ordained a pastor of the LCA in 2010 and served the Grovedale parish for some four years. Before studying for the ministry Tom studied economics and classics at Monash and Melbourne University. He has since received a masters from Concordia Seminary, St Louis, where he wrote on Augustine’s treatment of nature and grace and its reception today. He has now started doctoral studies.

Tom still loves playing sports, watching old films, reading novels, participating in the liturgy, and being with his family.

Special interests

  • Patristic Theology
  • Augustine
  • Lutheran Theology

Teaching areas

  • Apologetics and World Religions
  • Early and Medieval Church History
  • Lutheranism and Australian Christianity
  • Reform of the Church

Community engagement

  • LCA Commission on Worship

Qualifications in detail

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) (Monash University, 2003)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Latin) (Monash University, 2003)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons in Classical Studies) (University of Melbourne, 2004)
  • Bachelor of Theology (Australian Lutheran College, 2010)
  • Bachelor of Ministry (Australian Lutheran College, 2010)
  • Master of Sacred Theology (Historical Theology) (Concordia Seminary, St Louis, 2017)
  • Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (University of Divinity, 2018)
  • Ordained 5 December, 2010 at Concordia College, Highgate.

Papers and 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.


‘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.

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