David Lose

Senior Pastor, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN)

David J. Lose is Senior Pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN), a faith community of 14,000 members. Prior to this role, he served as the President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he initiated and led the effort unify LTSP with its sister seminary, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, in order to create United Lutheran Seminary which launched on July 1, 2017. Lose taught on the faculty of Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) for fourteen years where he served as Academic Dean, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, led the creative team that developed, and directed two Lilly Endowment-funded grants on fostering congregational vibrancy. Author of Preaching at the Crossroads (2013) and four books and accompanying resources in the popular Making Sense series he created with Augsburg Fortress, Lose has also written for numerous print and web publications including The Christian Century and You can find his regular reflections on preaching and the life of faith at “…In the Meantime” (, his personal blog with more than 7500 subscribers. He speaks throughout the US and abroad on preaching, leadership, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and the rapid cultural changes affecting all sectors of our world that he describes as the “age of digital pluralism.”