Speakers

Gary A. Anderson

Gary A. Anderson, Ph.D.

Dr. Anderson serves as Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. His interests concern the religion and literature of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible with special interest in the reception of the Bible in early Judaism and Christianity. Recently he has put special focus on the book of Genesis as well as priestly literature. He is also interested in biblical narrative, canonical exegesis, biblical theology, Jewish culture and religion and Jewish-Christian relations.

He earned a B.A. Albion College, Albion Ind.,1977; M.Div. Duke University, Durham, N.C.,1981; Ph.D Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.,1985

Dr. Anderson has won numerous awards including grants from the American Philosophical Society, Lilly Endowment and the Institute for Advanced Study at Hebrew University. His most recent books are, Sin: A History (New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press, 2009) and Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition (Yale, 2013). The work on Sin explores the way in which metaphors for sin change from the First to the Second Temple period and how those changes decisively shaped the way Jews and Christians came to view the effect of sins and how they might be forgiven. The work on Charity develops in considerable detail why this theological virtue was so basic to Jewish and Christian ideas regarding the atonement. He is currently working on a book on the Tabernacle narratives in Exodus and their influence on the rest of the Bible.

Anderson was recently elected vice president of the Catholic Biblical Association for 2012-13 and will serve as president for 2013-14.

Gerhard H. Bode Jr.

Gerhard H. Bode Jr., Ph.D.

Gerhard Bode is chairman and associate professor of historical theology, and archivist at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. Prior to serving at Concordia seminary he was assistant pastor (2004-05) and later assistant to the pastor (2005-08) at Salem Lutheran Church in Affton, Mo.

Dr. Bode was born and raised in Minnesota, where his father is a Lutheran pastor. After attending Lutheran elementary and high schools he attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned his B.A. He then began studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis where he earned his M.Div., S.T.M. and Ph.D. (Systematic Theology) degrees. He also holds a M.A. degree in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Daniel L. Gard

Daniel L. Gard, Ph.D.

Dr. Gard joined the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1989 and serves as professor of Exegetical Theology and dean of the Military Chaplaincy Programs. He is a 1975 graduate of Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis. (B.A.), a 1984 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (M.Div.), and a 1988 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. (M.A.). He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Judaica with minors in New Testament and Liturgics from the University of Notre Dame (1992). Dr. Gard was recently promoted to Rear Admiral and serves the Navy Chaplain Corps as Deputy Chief of chaplains for Reserve Matters.

 

Gifford A. Grobien

Gifford A. Grobien, Ph.D.

Dr. Grobien joined the faculty in 2012 as assistant professor of Systematic Theology and director of the D.Min. Program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne Ind. Prior to serving at CTS, he was Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Ph.D. in Moral Theology from Notre Dame in 2011, defending the dissertation, "Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Minds: Christian Worship as the Root of Righteousness and Ethical Formation." His research interests include the relationship between soteriology, worship and ethics, virtue, the natural law, the proper distinction between Law and Gospel, theological anthropology and some topics in sacramental and liturgical studies. He earned his M.Div. in Exegetical Theology from CTS in 2005 and his B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Washington D.C., in 1995.

Recent publications include, “Righteousness, Mystical Union, and Moral Formation in Christian Worship,” Concordia Theological Quarterly, Volume 77, Number 1-2, (January-April 2013). “What is the Natural Law? Medieval Foundations and Luther’s Appropriation” in Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal, ed. Robert Baker (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2011) and "A Lutheran Understanding of Natural Law in the Three Estates," Concordia Theological Quarterly, Volume 73, Number 3 (July 2009).

Rune Imberg

Rune Imberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Imberg earned his Ph.D. in Theology in Church History from Lund University, Sweden, in 1987.

He was ordained in 1988 by the diocese of Gothenburg and served for two years as a priest in Onsala. A founder of the Alternative to Abortion, Gothenburg (AAG) and Chairman 1988-89; the organization is now called Minna Gothenburg. He has also authored a monograph on the appointment of Swedish Bishops by the government.

He was a missionary in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya from 1990-96. He served for several years was rector of the theological seminary at Matongo. He is the author of A Door Opened by the Lord: The History of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (Göteborg : Församlingsförlaget , 2008).

He taught at LM Engström Gymnasium, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1996-98. He has been a member of the faculty at the Lutheran School of Theology, Gothenburg, since 1996. He was vice chancellor from 2001-2009 and in July 2009 he became Research Director.

Walter A. Maier III

Walter A. Maier III, Ph.D.

Dr. Maier III joined the Exegetical Department of Concordia Theological Seminary in November 1989. He specializes in Hebrew and Old Testament studies and serves as associate professor of Exegetical Theology.

He earned his A.A. from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich. (1972), B.A. from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1974), M.Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (1978), and M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (1984). His doctoral dissertation on Asherah, a Canaanite goddess, was published in 1986 in the Harvard Semitic Monographs series.

He taught in the Theology Department of Concordia University, River Forest, Ill. (1984-1989; chairman, 1989). He was assistant pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne from December 1989 through November 1992.

He contributed a number of articles to the Anchor Bible Dictionary and he has published articles in various journals. He was a contributing author for the ESV Study Bible (notes on Nahum) and is currently writing the Kings volume for the Concordia Commentary Series (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House). Dr. Maier is also one of the regular preachers on the syndicated television program Worship for Shut-ins.

Naomichi Masaki

Naomichi Masaki, Ph.D.

Dr. Masaki is associate professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) Program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. He has been a member of the CTS faculty since 2001 where teaches Dogmatics, Lutheran Confessions, Luther studies and Liturgics.

Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, he graduated from Rødde Folkehøgskole near Trøndhelm, Norway (1979), received his B.A. (1985) and M.A. (1987) degrees in Social Work and Counseling from Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan, M.Div. (1991) and S.T.M. (1998) degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and Ph.D. in Doctrinal Theology (2005) from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Mo. Dr. Masaki was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry in 1991, and served as missionary-at-large to the Japanese people in northern New Jersey until the winter of 1997.

He is the author of Community: We Are Not Alone (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House , 2007), and his He Alone Is Worthy!: The Vitality of the Lord’s Supper in Theodor Kliefoth and in the Swedish Liturgy of the Nineteenth Century (2013).

His service to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod includes 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).

Steven D. Paulson

Steven D. Paulson, Ph.D.

Dr. Paulson joined the Luther Seminary faculty as professor of Systematic Theology in the fall of 1998 after serving as assistant professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he had been since 1993.

He is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and earned the M.Div. from Luther Seminary in 1984. He holds both the Th.M. (1988) and Th.D. (1992) degrees from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

Dr. Paulson currently serves on the editorial boards of Word and World, the Lutheran Quarterly and Dialog, and has written articles for both journals. He is the author of Luther for Armchair Theologians (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004), Lutheran Theology (London: Bloomsbury-T&T Clark, 2011) and editor of A More Radical Gospel, The Captivation of the Will and The Preached God (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), all written by Gerhard Forde.

Jeffrey H. Pulse, S.T.M.

Jeffrey H. Pulse, S.T.M.

Professor Pulse joined the CTS faculty in 2007 where he serves as associate professor of Exegetical Theology, director of Placement and director of Continuing Education.

Following graduation from Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University) in Seward, Neb., with a B.S. in Elementary Education (1980), he attended Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, completing his M.Div. in 1984. He completed his S.T.M. from CTS while in the parish in 1990. Professor Pulse is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Durham, England, in the area of Old Testament, specifically, Concepts of the Afterlife in the Old Testament and Second Temple. He is the author of A Year in the Old Testament: Meditations for Each Day of the Church Year (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2011).

His 22 years in the parish were served in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Burt, Iowa and Peace Lutheran, Bremerton, Wash.

Lawrence R. Rast, Jr.

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

Dr. Rast 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, Tenn. (1992-96). He received his B.A. from Concordia College, River Forest, Ill. (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, Tenn.

Dr. Rast is a member of the Board of Directors for the journal Lutheran Quarterly. He has served on the LCMS’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations (2006-present ) and is the Chairman of that commission (2010-present ).

David P. Scaer

David P. Scaer, Th.D.

Dr. Scaer has been a member of the faculty at Concordia Theological Seminary since 1966. He is chairman of the Department of Systematic Theology and holder of the David P. Scaer Chair of Biblical and Systematic Theology.

He is the author of Christology, Baptism and Law and Gospel and the Means of Grace in the Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics Series (Brookfield, Wis.: Luther Academy) and Infant Baptism in Nineteenth Century Lutheran Theology (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2011) and Discourses in Matthew (CPH, 2004). His sermons and popular articles were collected in the two volume In Christ (Sussex, Wis.: Concordia Catechetical Academy, 2004). First appointed editor of the Concordia Theological Quarterly in 1969, the numerous essays can be found there and in other periodicals. His theology has been the topic of two doctoral dissertations.

Peter J. Scaer

Peter J. Scaer, Ph.D.

Dr. Scaer serves as associate professor of Exegetical Theology and director of the M.A. Program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

He completed his undergraduate work in the Classics at Indiana University Bloomington, Ind., graduating in 1988. From there he went on to Concordia Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1992), and to the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., where he earned his M.A. (1995), and completed his doctoral dissertation on the Lukan Passion Narrative (Ph.D., 2001). From 1996 to 2000 Dr. Scaer served as the pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Ind.

Dean O. Wenthe, Ph.D.

Dean O. Wenthe, Ph.D.

Dr. Wenthe served as president of Concordia Theological Seminary, 1996-2011, and is currently professor of Exegetical Theology. He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. (1971), received his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. (1975), an M.A. (1985) and a Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. He served as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Atlantic, Iowa, and pastoral assistant, Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, Ind. He is the interim president of the Concordia University System for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Dr. Wenthe is the general editor of the Concordia Commentary series (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House) and associate editor of the Concordia Self-Study Bible (CPH). He edited the volume on Jeremiah/Lamentations in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (Downers Grove, Ill.:InterVarsity Press, 2009.)

Nathan H. Yoder

Nathan H. Yoder

Dr. Yoder is the pastor of St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Maiden, N.C. He holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Regensburg in Germany. He is a member of the Society of the Holy Trinity (Societas Trinitatis Sanctae) and the Lutheran Coalition for Renewal (CORE). He currently serves on the executive council of the Carolinas Mission District of the North American Lutheran Church.

 

 

 

Dr. Roland F. Ziegler

Roland F. Ziegler, M.Div.

Dr. Ziegler serves as associate professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

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 Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. 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.

He is the coeditor of Hermann Sasse: In Statu Confessionis, vol. 3 (Göttingen: Edition Ruprecht, 2011) and the author of Das Eucharistiegebet in Theologie und Liturgie der lutherischen Kirchen seit der Reformation and Die Deutung des Herrenmahles zwischen Promissio und Eucharistie (Göttingen: Edition Ruprecht, 2013).