Lawrence R. Rast, Jr., Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae
Professor of Historical Theology


Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. is the President at Concordia Theological Seminary and Professor of American Christianity and American Lutheranism. Dr. Rast joined the Department of Historical Theology in the fall of 1996 after serving as pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, Madison, Tennessee (1992-96). He received his B.A. from Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois (1986), and his M.Div. (1990) and S.T.M. (1995) from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. In 2003, he earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Rast is a member of the Board of Directors for the journal Lutheran Quarterly and of the editorial committee of the Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly. He is a faculty representative on the LCMS’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations (2006-present ) and is the Chairman of that commission (2010-present ).


Collected Writings

Scholarly Articles

"What is the Future of Evangelicalism?" [online] Modern Reformation (2008) Vol. 17 No. 6
"Confessing in the Public Square" [online] Concordia Theological Quarterly 66 (2002) no. 4:315-326.
"Taking Missouri's Pulse: A Quarter Century of Symposia" [online] Concordia Theological Quarterly 66 (2002) no. 2:121-144.
"Pietism and Mission: Lutheran Millennialism in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries" [online] Concordia Theological Quarterly 64 (2000) no. 4:295-318.
"Demagoguery or Democracy? The Saxon Emigration and American Culture" [online] Concordia Theological Quarterly 63 (1999) no. 4:247-268.
"Friedrich August Cramer: Faithful Servant in Christ's Church" [online] Concordia Theological Quarterly 64 (2000) no. 1:39-60.
"The Third Use of the Law: Keeping Up to Date with an Old Issue" [online]Concordia Theological Quarterly 69 (2005) no. 3-4:187-190.
"Faith in Contemporary Evangelicalism" [online] Concordia Theological Quarterly 70 (2006) no. 3-4:323-340.