George C. Heider

A brief bio

George C. Heider was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Maryland.  Following graduation from high school, he pursued a college and seminary curriculum of preparation for the Lutheran pastorate, culminating in his ordination in 1979.  Earlier in that same year he married Carolyn Wolters; the couple have two adult children, Kristen and Matthew.  He completed his Ph.D. at Yale University in Old Testament studies in 1984.    

After serving for five years as an assistant pastor in Cheshire, CT, during his doctoral work, his academic career began at Concordia College in Seward, NE (Carolyn’s alma mater), where he served on the theology faculty fulltime for two and a half years before his appointment as Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1987.  In 1994-1995 he was awarded an American Council on Education Fellowship, which he served at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.  During his fellowship year, he was elected president of Concordia University in River Forest, IL, and he served there for eight years.  He was appointed Visiting Professor of Theology at Valparaiso in 2004, and, following three years in that role, was granted tenure as Associate Professor of Theology in 2007.  He was promoted to Professor of Theology in 2013.  He chaired the department from 2010 to 2017.  Among his courses taught were three short-term study-abroad courses in the Holy Land.  He retired from active faculty service in 2019 and now holds appointment as a Senior Research Professor of Theology.