Rev. Dr. John Oberdeck is Professor of Theology and the Coordinator for Lay Studies at Concordia University Wisconsin. He is a 1979 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1999. For ten years Dr. Oberdeck served parishes in central (Trinity, Stewardson and St. Paul, Sigel Dual-Parish) and southern Illinois (Zion, Litchfield). From 1989 to 2002 Oberdeck served as an associate professor in the practical department on the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; at various times directing the field education, continuing education and Doctor of Ministry programs. He is in his ninth year at Concordia University Wisconsin. Besides his administrative duties, Dr. Oberdeck teaches courses in theology and youth ministry, and recently published a book Eutychus Youth on the subject of theology in youth ministry practice.