Rev. Dr. Jon Diefenthaler
Dr. Jon Diefenthaler is a president emeritus of the Southeastern District--LCMS, having served in that office from 2003 to 2012.
Prior to this, he served as pastor of Bethany-Trinity Lutheran Church, Waynesboro, VA, and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Laurel, MD. He is currently an adjunct professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and a church-relations advisor for Lutheran World Relief.
He is also member of the board of directors for the We Raise Foundation (formerly Wheat Ridge Ministries). He received his PhD in American religious history from the University of Iowa.
His family consists of four children and nine grandchildren, and he lives in Columbia, Maryland.