The Lutheran Hour® provides the comfort and reassurance that generations of loyal listeners turn to each and every week. That's because each program addresses today's life and death issues, including the end of time, prayer, thankfulness, fear and anxiety, depression, love, and more!
The Lutheran Hour will reach listeners regardless of their religious or denominational background. The message is conversational and not authoritative. Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler delivers the message appealing to audiences of all ages.
The Lutheran Hour currently airs on over 1800 stations nationwide. It is the world's oldest and longest running religious broadcast of its type. It has stood the test of time and continues to attract and inspire a growing community of loyal listeners on hundreds of stations across North America and worldwide.
Zeigler has served as pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in south St. Louis since August 2014. Prior to that, he was assistant pastor at nearby Timothy Lutheran Church. Before becoming a pastor, he served as an aircraft maintenance officer in the Air Force.
"While accepting this call means that I must suffer the heartbreak of no longer being pastor to the people of Epiphany, I have the joy of meeting and working alongside wonderful people with Lutheran Hour Ministries," says Zeigler. "The role of Speaker has been held by many distinguished men of God; I am in awe of their work and intend to learn from their example. Despite my own feelings of inadequacy, I step into this role with the confidence that the Lord Himself has called me to share His truth and love with a wider audience. Best of all, this means that I get to know Jesus better and help others know Him, too."
Zeigler grew up in a military family, living throughout the United States, from North Dakota to Alabama and Virginia to Colorado. His family moved 11 times before he finished high school in Springfield, Missouri. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in general engineering and served for five years in the Air Force. He left active duty in 2006 to enter Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he completed a Master of Divinity degree in theological studies and a Ph.D. in doctrinal theology.
He continues to serve part-time as an Air Force Reserve officer and as a guest instructor at Concordia Seminary and has previously been a guest lecturer for the Concordia University Network and a ministry leadership course coordinator for Christian Friends of New Americans. He published a book entitled Christian Hope Among Rivals: How Life-Organizing Stories Anticipate the End of Evil in 2017 and has written several papers for symposia, circuit meetings, and national conferences. He and his wife, Amy, have four children.