The Rev. Daniel Preus is serving as the fourth vice-president, and member of the Praesidium, of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), a position to which he was elected to in 2010.
A native of Mayville, N.D., Preus served congregations in Hobart, Ind.; Truman, Minn.; Oak Park, Ill.; and Colorado Springs, Colo., from 1975 to 1995. Beginning in 1995, he served as the LCMS director of Concordia Historical Institute in St. Louis until 2001.
From 2001 to 2004, he served as the Synod's first vice-president. Since 2005, he has served as director of Luther Academy in St. Louis, an organization devoted to promoting confessional Lutheran theology. Preus also has served on the LCMS Board for Parish Services, and on the Board of Directors of the LCMS and Lutheran Church Extension Fund.
In other areas of church leadership, Preus served in 2003 to 2004 as a leader in discussions resulting in the declaration of Church Fellowship between the LCMS and the ELCK (Kenya) and was a liaison between Concordia Historical Institute and the Federal Republic of Germany from 1995 to 1996, where he worked for the return of the Luther Manuscript Wider Hanswurst.
Preus graduated from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1971, and Concordia Theological Seminary in 1975 when it was located in Springfield, Ill. He also holds a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, which he received in 1989.
Preus and his wife, Linda, live in St. Louis, Mo., and are members of Hope Lutheran Church. They have three sons and two daughters.