Dr. John Meyer

Dr. John Meyer


"Lutheran Principals for the 21st Century

Strong schools require capable leaders who have the time and training needed to lead. This research-informed session examines the complexities of the WELS principal position, compares it to current realities, and outlines a realistic way forward. Christian leaders in attendance will learn how they can disrupt the status quo and create a strong future for Lutheran schools.


Dr. John Meyer serves as the director of graduate studies and continuing education at Martin Luther College. His understanding of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) principal position comes from personal experience and research. He was assigned from DMLC as a Lutheran school principal and served in that role for twenty-one years, earned a doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, and played a leading role in developing the WELS Principal Standards and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration degree designed for WELS principals. In 2015 he was part of a research team that studied the WELS principal position—the findings of which inform this presentation.