Shirley Bergman

Shirley Bergman

Emeriti Professor of Aging and Family

Director of the Lutheran Institute on Aging and Family

Office: 200 Faculty Lane
Office phone: 402-643-7432


SHIRLEY Bergman is founder director of Institute (1988 ff) University. Program offerings include Family Science Master's degree with family ministry emphasis designed for church lay leaders other professionals, She also founded Lutheran Education Center on Aging sponsored by the Nebraska District and Concordia University (1983-1988).]

In 1988 Dr. Shirley Bergman founded the Institute on Aging and Family at Concordia and she continues to serve as the institute's director. Through the institute she created a master's program in family science with a family ministry emphasis. She also founded the Lutheran Education Center on Aging sponsored by the Nebraska District and Concordia College (1983-1988).


Ph.D. in Human and Community Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Specialist Certification in Gerontology, University of Nebraska at Omaha
M.S. in Human Development and the Family, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S., Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Neb.

Courses taught

Life-Span Development, Aging and the Family, Family Law, Parent Education, Family Resource Management


Bergman is a certified member with the National Council on Family Relations (CFLE) and, since 1988, she has been a member of the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations. Bergman has made multiple family and aging presentations in the U.S. and Canada. Her publications include aging and family articles and booklets and she is the author and leader of pre-retirement workshops for church professionals in the ELCA and LCMS. Bergman is a founding member of the Association of Lutheran Older Adults. She is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne.