The Rev. Dr. F. Dean Lueking will give the address at the 143rd commencement of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Sunday, June 8, at 2:30 p.m. The eucharist and commencement will be held at Rockefeller Chapel on the University of Chicago campus, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago.
Following his ordination in 1954, Lueking became assistant pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, Ill. He was installed as its pastor in 1963 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1998.
Since his retirement, he has been a visiting professor in systematic and pastoral theology at Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia and pastoral consultant for Opportunity International in the Eastern Europe Region.
Lueking has served on a variety of boards and commissions including the Christian Century Foundation, Association of Theological Schools, the Wheat Ridge Foundation and the Lutheran Deaconess Association.
He has been the recipient of numerous national and local awards including being named Pastor of the Year in 1996 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. Lueking received his undergraduate education from St. John's College, Winfield, Kan., and the master of divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The doctor of philosophy degree was bestowed by the University of Chicago Divinity School which named him its Alumnus of the Year in 1979.