Dr. Brown’s period of specialization extends from the Renaissance through the Reformation and Counter-Reformation to the period of Orthodoxy and Pietism. His particular teaching and research interests include the reception and interpretation of ancient (Biblical, Classical and Patristic) texts in the Renaissance and Reformation, and the relation between learned theology and lay piety in the Protestant and Catholic reforms in the contexts of home, church and schools. His forthcoming book, Singing the Gospel: Lutheran Hymns and the Success of the Reformation, appraises the Reformation in light of the use of vernacular hymns to spread Lutheran doctrine and piety and to form Lutheran identity among the early Protestant laity.
Dr. Brown’s church experience includes a year as vicar at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Valparaiso, Indiana. His degrees are in History & Literature (A.B.) and History (A.M., Ph.D.) from Harvard, as well as a M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Dr. Gieschen is academic dean and professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is a graduate of CTSFW (M.Div. 1984) and has completed graduate degrees in New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M. 1985) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. 1995). During his doctoral studies, he took a six-month sabbatical from his congregation in 1994 and was a research student at Oxford University in England.
He is an ordained pastor of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) who served as associate and then senior pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City, Michigan, from 1985 until being called to CTSFW in 1996.
His first book, Angelomorphic Christology, was published by Brill Academic Press (1998). He edited a collection of essays entitled The Law in Holy Scripture that was published by Concordia Publishing House (2004). He has written, taught and lectured extensively as a scholar on the subject of early expressions of Jesus’ divine identity. He has also authored some popular articles and studies, including Romans in Concordia Publishing House’s Abiding Word series (2001). He has served as the associate editor of the Seminary journal, Concordia Theological Quarterly, since 2006. He is currently writing the Concordia Commentary volume on 1-2 Thessalonians.
Dr. Just has been on the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, since 1984. He is professor and chairman of Exegetical Theology and director of Spanish-Speaking Pastoral and Diakonal Formation at CTSFW. He is now working with churches and seminaries in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, as well as Spanish-speaking groups in the United States. He teaches New Testament, liturgics, homiletics, catechetics and pastoral theology.
He earned a B.A. in History and English Literature (1975) from Union College, Schenectady, New York, the M.Div. (1980) from CTSFW, a S.T.M. in New Testament and Liturgics (1984) from Yale University, New Haven Connecticut, and a Ph.D. (1990) in New Testament form University of Durham, Durham, England.
He has contributed a chapter on “Liturgical Renewal in the Parish" to Lutheran Worship: History and Practice by Concordia Publishing House (CPH), articles on preaching, liturgy, and New Testament in various periodicals. His doctoral thesis, “The Ongoing Feast: Table Fellowship and Eschatology at Emmaus,” was published in 1993 by Pueblo Publishing Company, an imprint of The Liturgical Press. Dr. Just published a two-volume commentary on the Gospel of Luke for the Concordia Commentary. He also published the Lukan volume for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture from InterVarsity Press, Thomas C. Oden, General Editor (February 2003).
Recently, he published two books from CPH: one for pastors, deaconesses and laypeople for the visitation of the sick and dying entitled Visitation, and another book on the liturgy of the church entitled Heaven on Earth: The Gifts of Christ in the Divine Service, a book that expands his video series on the liturgy entitled “Liturgy: Yesterday, Today, and Forever.” He was chairman of the Lectionary Committee for Lutheran Service Book for the Commission on Worship and a member of the Steering Committee.
Dr. Robert Kolb was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and attended Concordia College, St. Paul (1959-1961); Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne(1961-1963); and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1963-1968, M.Div., S.T.M.). After completing his doctorate in history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1973), he served as director of the Center for Reformation Research in St. Louis (1973-1977). Concordia College, St. Paul, called him in 1977 to teaching positions in the departments of Religion and History; he also served as acting president (1989-1990). In 1993 Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, called him to be missions professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Institute for Mission Studies. From 1994 through 2010 he taught abroad, chiefly in post-Soviet Europe.
Kolb served as associate editor (1973-1994) and co-editor (1995-1997) of The Sixteenth Century Journal and is still co-editor, with A.R. Victor Raj, of Missio Apostolica (since 1996). He was a member of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (1984-1992) and its chair (1990-1992). He served as president of the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (1981-1982) and the Society for Reformation Research (1994-1996). Since 1993 he has been a member of the Continuation Committee of the International Congress for Luther Research.
Kolb has lectured at more than 40 educational institutions on five continents and at many ecclesiastical gatherings. Since 1996 he has been gastdozent at the Lutherische Theologische Hochschule in Oberursel, Germany.
Valparaiso University (2000), Concordia University Saint Paul (2005), and Concordia University Irvine (2008) have awarded him the Doctor of Letters honorary degree.
Carter Lindberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Lindberg is emeritus professor of Church History, Boston University School of Theology. He is the author and editor of 17 books including The European Reformations (2nd rev. ed., Blackwell, 2010); The Reformation Theologians (Blackwell, 2002); The Pietist Theologians (Blackwell, 2004); and Beyond Charity: Reformation Initiatives for the Poor (Fortress, 1993).
Dr. Korey D. Maas, Ph.D.
Dr. Maas (M.Div., Concordia Seminary; D.Phil., Oxford University) is assistant professor of History at Hillsdale College. He is the author of The Reformation and Robert Barnes, co-editor of Making the Case for Christianity and Theologia et Apologia and has contributed essays to a wide variety of books and journals.
Dr. Walter A. Maier III received his A.A. from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1972), B.A. from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne (1974), M.Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (1978), and M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1984). He taught in the Theology Department of Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois (1984-1989; chairman, 1989).
Dr. Maier joined the Exegetical Department of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, in November 1989, and specializes in Hebrew and Old Testament studies. He was assistant pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne from December 1989 through November 1992.
His doctoral dissertation on Asherah, a Canaanite goddess, was published in 1986 in the Harvard Semitic Monographs series. He contributed a number of articles to the Anchor Bible Dictionary; and he has published articles in various journals. Dr. Maier is also one of the regular preachers on the syndicated television program “Worship for Shut-ins.”
Dr. Manetsch joined the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School faculty in 2000 after serving three years as an assistant professor of Religion at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. Ordained in the Reformed Church in America, he served as an associate pastor of education and discipleship for three years. During graduate school, he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship and spent two years doing archival research on French Reformation history at the University of Geneva.
Since the publication of his dissertation under the title Theodore Beza and the Quest for Peace in France, 1572-1598 (Brill, 2000), Dr. Manetsch has conducted intensive research on the theology and practice of pastoral ministry in Reformation Europe. He has had the opportunity to present many of his research findings at scholarly conferences in Switzerland, Germany, France, and The Netherlands. Moreover, his articles on pastoral theology and practice in the age of the Reformation have appeared in edited volumes as well as in such journals as Church History, Westminster Theological Journal and Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance. Dr. Manetsch’s most recent monograph is Calvin’s Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609 (Oxford, 2012). He is the associate general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture (InterVarsity Press) and an editor of Christ on Campus Initiative.
He was one of the seminary faculty representatives serving on the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (2007–2016). He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the International Enoch Seminar and the Chief Academic Officers Society of the Association of Theological Schools.
Dr. Masaki is associate professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) Program at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. Masaki joined the faculty in the spring of 2001 after serving as missionary-at-large and pastor in Ridgewood and Bergen County, New Jersey (1991–98), and engaging in doctoral study at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1998–2000). He was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry in 1991.
Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, he graduated from Rødde Folkehøgskole near Trøndhelm, Norway (1979), and received his B.A. (1985) and M.A. (1987) in Social Work and Counseling from Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan, and his M.Div. with an emphasis in Missiology (1991) and S.T.M. in Systematic Theology with a minor in Liturgics (1998) from CTSFW. In 2005, he successfully defended his dissertation, “The Confessional Liturgical Revival of Theodor Kliefoth and the Works of Liturgical Revision of the Preface in Nineteenth-century Sweden: The Vitality of the Lord’s Supper as Confessed in ‘He Alone Is Worthy!’” and earned his Ph.D. in Doctrinal Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
The areas of his teaching include dogmatics, Lutheran Confessions, Luther studies and liturgics. While his particular interest remains in the doctrine of the proper distinction between Law and Gospel, the Lord’s Supper and the Office of the Holy Ministry, his sense of appreciation for the legacy of Dr. Luther and the vitality of the Book of Concord is ever growing.
He is the author of Community: We Are Not Alone by Concordia Publishing House (2007) and He Alone Is Worthy!: The Vitality of the Lord's Supper in Theodor Kliefoth and in the Swedish Liturgy of the Nineteenth Century by Församlingsförlaget of Göteborg, Sweden (2013). His articles are found in Concordia Theological Quarterly, Lutheran Quarterly, Lutheran Theological Review, Logia, Homiletics, For the Life of the World, Concordia Pulpit Resources, Kwansei Gakuin Sociology Department Studies, Kyrka och Folk, and Journal of Lutheran Mission, for which he serves as contributing editor. He attends the International Congress on Luther Research regularly.
In addition to serving at the Seminary, Dr. Masaki has represented the Seminary and the Synod by teaching and presenting essays in Brazil, Haiti, India, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
He has served for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as member of the Board for District and Congregational Services (1995–2004), the Liturgy Committee of the Lutheran Hymnal Project, the Commission on Worship (1998–present) and the Commission on Doctrinal Review (2010–present).
Dr. Mark Mattes is the Chair of the Theology and Philosophy Departments at Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa. He served in parish ministry in Illinois and Wisconsin prior to his present call. He holds a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. He is the author of The Role of Justification in Contemporary Theology (Eerdmans, 2004), is a co-translator of several of Oswald Bayer’s books and essays, and is a co-editor of two volumes of collected essays of Gerhard Forde, as well as numerous other essays and reviews.
Dr. Nordling joined the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana, faculty in 2006. He is a graduate of Concordia University, Portland (A.A., 1977), Valparaiso University (B.A., 1980), and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div., 1985). Dr. Nordling has completed two academic degrees in Classics—the first at Washington University in St. Louis (M.A., 1985) and the second at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (Ph.D. dissertation: “Indirect Discourse and Rhetorical Strategies in Caesar’s Bellum Gallicum and Bellum Civile,” 1991).
From 1990-1994 he served as pastor at Grace English Ev. Lutheran Church and School in Chicago. Dr. Nordling taught in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Valparaiso University (1994-1999) and in the Department of Classics at Baylor University, Waco, Texas (1999-2006).
Dr. Nordling has developed “Lutheranism & the Classics,” a biennial conference wherein pastors, classicists and educators consider how the classical languages have influenced Lutheranism in the past and how Greek and Latin are poised to enrich Church, academy and culture in the future. He has written Philemon for the Concordia Commentary Series (Concordia Publishing House, 2004), Religion and Resistance in Early Judaism: Greek Readings in 1 Maccabees and Josephus (Concordia Publishing House, 2010) for the Concordia Peer Reviewed Series and a number of academic articles on the Pauline epistles (Philemon, Philippians), slavery and social issues.
Professor Rittgers joined the Valparaiso University faculty in the fall of 2006 after having taught for seven years at Yale University. He is the first occupant of the Erich Markel Chair in German Reformation Studies and also serves as professor of History and Theology.
Dr. Rittgers is interested in the religious, intellectual and social history of medieval and early modern Europe. He teaches introductory courses on the Christian Tradition and offers more specialized ones on the Reformation, Martin Luther, Christian Spirituality, and Historiography (the history of historical enquiry). Additionally, he teaches courses on themes such as forgiveness and early modern religious thought. His first research project examined how the Lutheran version of private confession shaped the politics and piety of the German Reformation.
His book, The Reformation of the Keys: Confession, Conscience, and Authority in Sixteenth-Century Germany (Harvard University Press, 2004), was nominated for the American Society of Church History 2005 Philip Schaff Prize and for the 2006 Columbia Council for European Studies Book Award. His second book, The Reformation of Suffering: Pastoral Theology and Lay Piety in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany (Oxford University Press, 2012) examines the efforts of Protestant reformers to change the way their contemporaries understood and coped with suffering.
Dr. Rittgers has received research grants from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Lilly Endowment, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. He has also served on the Governing Council of the American Society of Church History and was recently elected to the presidency of the American Society of Church History.
Dr. David Scaer is a professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament and The David P. Scaer Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne (CTSFW), Indiana. At the Seminary since 1966, he serves as editor of the Concordia Theological Quarterly (1969–1994; 1999–present) and was academic dean (1984–1989). He is currently chairman of his department. He has served as the organizer of the annual Concordia Theological Seminary Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions since 1978.
He taught for ten years as a part time instructor in religion at the University of Illinois (Champaign) from 1966–1976 and as a parish pastor at congregations in Gillespie, Illinois, and Rockville, Connecticut.
For nine years he served on the LCMS Commission on the Theology and Church Relations as chairman of the committee on theology and was the principle author of several reports later adopted by the Synod. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Alliance of Confessional Evangelicals and the Christianity Today Institute, for which periodical he also serves as a research scholar. Twice he was awarded the prestigious John W. Behnken Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award by AAL for study in Europe (1969, 1986).
Dr. Trueman holds the Paul Woolley Chair of Church History and is professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, 1991, and his M.A.from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, in 1988. He is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and is pastor of Cornerstone OPC in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Trueman’s academic interests include Reformation church history, including the life and work of men like Martin Luther and John Owen.
He has written more than a dozen books, and is currently co-editing with Bruce Gordon the Oxford Handbook of Calvin and Calvinism due in 2017. Dr. Trueman also writes online regularly at www.firstthings.com on contemporary issues such as religious freedom, identity politics and the state of the church.
Dr. Wenthe served as president of Concordia Theological Seminary, 1996-2011, and as professor of Exegetical Theology. He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. (1971), received his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton (1975), an M.A. (1985) and a Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend.
He served as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Atlantic, Iowa, and pastoral assistant, Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, Indiana. He is the president of the Concordia University System for The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS).
Dr. Wenthe is the general editor of the Concordia Commentary series, Concordia Publishing House (CPH) and associate editor of the Concordia Self-Study Bible (CPH). He edited the volume on Jeremiah/Lamentations in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (InterVarsity Press, 2009.)
Dr. Ziegler serves as The Robert D. Preus Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Confessional Lutheran Studies at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Born in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, he studied at the Universities of Tübingen, Erlangen, and at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Oberursel. During his studies, he joined the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church. A scholarship enabled him to study as an exchange student at CTSFW. After finishing his studies, he served as a teaching assistant at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Oberursel, a vicar in Berlin and a pastor in Konstanz. He received his Dr.theol. from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen in 2011.