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David Sellnow

Work Phone: (507) 354-8221 ext 348


Office: WCC 231

Professor of Theology and Social Studies

Department Chair of History/Social Science

MS Multidisciplinary Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato MN
MDiv. Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon WI
BA, Northwestern College, Watertown WI

Within the History-Social Sciences division, David Sellnow teaches Introduction to Philosophy, The Modern West, The Arab-Israeli Conflict and From Despots to Nation-States (a course which looks at the French Revolution and its aftermath in European history). Additionally, he teaches a continuing education series called Big Ideas in Intellectual History.

Prof. Sellnow also teaches a number of courses for the Theology division, including Symbolics, Lutheran Confessional Writings, and Biblical History and Literature III, as well as a number of continuing education courses such as Devotional Writing and Writing Bible Studies.

Prior to coming to Martin Luther College, Sellnow served in pastoral ministry as an instructor and dormitory supervisor at Michigan Lutheran Seminary (Saginaw MI), an exploratory missionary in Owasso, Oklahoma, and pastor of Shepherd of the Plains Lutheran Church in Lubbock, Texas.

In service to the synod, Sellnow has served as a circuit pastor, district Parish Services committee chairman, and as a member of WELS Campus Ministry Committee (under the auspices of WELS Home Missions). He presently serves as an advisory member on WELS Commission on Youth and Family Ministry and as publications committee chairman for WELS Prison Ministry. He has done writing for Lutheran Parent and Forward in Christ magazines and for Northwestern Publishing House’s Family Life book series and His Word–My Life series of Bible studies. He has served as a writer and editor for WELS Prison Ministry and for The Lutheran Educator.