Rodney Maeker became interim director of cross-cultural education at Luther Seminary in 1991 and was named director in 1994.
Ordained in 1969, Maeker first served Trinity Lutheran Church, Stonewall, Texas, a rural congregation in the middle of Lyndon Baines Johnson State Park. He reorganized a fast-growing suburban parish, Christ the Victor Lutheran Church, Victoria, Texas (1974-80). Maeker served St. John Lutheran Church and helped begin a Hispanic congregation in Austin, Texas (1980-83) before moving to Dallas where he and two other pastors were mission developers of cross-cultural Faith Community Lutheran Church (1984-89).
In 1989-91, he took on the additional ministry at Faith Lutheran of developing Oak Cliff Development Corporation, a community based, non-profit housing organization that revitalized the community through housing rehabilitation and programs of home ownership for low and moderate income families.
Maeker earned the B.A. degree at Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, in 1961, and the M.Div. degree from Wartburg Seminary in 1969.
He chaired the Housing Task Force for the Greater Dallas Community of Churches in 1991, trained lay evangelists for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone, West Africa, in 1989, and was on the executive committee of the ELCA Commission for Financial Support in 1988-91. He currently serves on the steering committee of the ELCA Commission for Multicultural Ministries.