The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Leininger has served as Concordia University Chicago’s University Pastor since 2002.

He was born and raised in St. Paul, MN, where he attended Lutheran Schools through university. Pastor Leininger's practical pastoral experience comes from a year internship (vicarage) at First Lutheran, San Diego; one year of service as a pastoral assistant at Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston; and four years as Assistant Pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cambridge. In addition to serving as University Pastor, his role at Concordia-Chicago has grown to include advising all the Spiritual Life activities on campus, directing the Pre-Seminary Program and supporting the University’s Church Relations office.

In his downtime, heenjoys all things related to Minnesota sports teams; camping, hiking, biking, sailing and canoeing; attending musical and theatrical performances; and he still loves a nice cup of English tea. Pastor Leininger's wife, Rachel BA ’93, is an alum of Concordia-Chicago. They live with their two children, Grace and Andrew, in Maywood, IL.


  • PhD, Divinity - Cambridge University; Cambridge, England
  • MPhil, Divinity - Cambridge University; Cambridge, England
  • MDiv - Concordia Seminary; St. Louis, MO
  • BA, Theatre and Pre-Seminary - Concordia University Saint Paul; St. Paul, MN