The Rev. Dr. Arthur A. Preisinger died Tuesday morning, March 11th, in his home, after an extended struggle with lung disease.
Art was born January 30, 1934 in Hamilton Ontario Canada and grew up in the Chicago area until going to preparatory school in Milwaukee. Pastor Preisinger was educated at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1958. Arthur was ordained on July 27, 1958 in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Reformation History at the University of Oklahoma and the Doctor of Philosophy in Modern European History at Texas Tech University.
After completing vicarage in San José, CA, Pastor Preisinger was called to Christ Lutheran Church in Elk City, Oklahoma and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Pastor Preisinger was also a Chaplain, United States Air Force
Reserves with extended active duty in 1961-62. He became campus pastor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in 1966, where he was also instructor and chair in the Department of Biblical Literature. He served as director of the Lutheran Institute for Religious Studies for the three ELCA Synods of Texas and Louisiana while teaching at Texas Lutheran University. He taught courses as assistant professor in the Department of Theology and Philosophy and later as associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of History. After retiring in 1998, he taught at Umpumulo Lutheran Seminary, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa and later at the Near East School of Theology (NEST) in Beirut, Lebanon. Arthur's beloved wife of 49 years, Esther "Mitzi' Preisinger passed away in 2006. Art moved to Houston, Texas, and joined Christ the King Lutheran Church in 2007.
Art will be remembered as loving life, God, family, service to others, travel, board games, music, the arts, and politics. All are grateful that, as was always his desire, Art was able to attend classical music concerts until the very end, having only recently attended Bach Society Houston's Mass in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach.
He is survived by his companion Bridget Jensen, sister (Terry Schoof of Boston, MA), two brothers (Don, Dave Preisinger, both in California), his four loving children (Elizabeth Preisinger of Boston, MA; Katherine Preisinger of Centreville, VA; John Preisinger of Houston, TX, and Andrea Preisinger also of Houston, TX , and six grandchildren (Tom, Kurt, Grace, Nora, Miles, and Erin).
The funeral service will be Saturday, March 15th at three o'clock in the afternoon at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005. (713-523-2864)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bach Society Houston, ELC World Hunger-care of Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77005. Donations may also be made to friends of Sabeel-North America, P.O. Box 9186, Portland, Oregon 97207.