- The Forest E. and Frances H. Ellis Professor of Historical Theology
- Faculty Marshal
Dr. MacKenzie has been a member of the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, faculty since 1983. He holds the Forrest E. and Frances H. Ellis Chair in German Reformation Studies. He teaches courses in the history of the Christian Church such as Reformation Era, Luther’s Theology, Calvin and Calvinism, Puritanism, and the history of the English Bible.
MacKenzie received his B.A. from the University of Detroit, an M.A. in History from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Classics from Wayne State University, an S.T.M. in New Testament from CTSFW, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Notre Dame.
Before joining the CTSFW faculty, he served St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan, as pastor (1975–1983) and as headmaster of its school (1972–1983).
He has published many articles in the field of Church History, lectures frequently and is the author of The Battle for the Bible in England, 1557-1582. He has written two LifeLight doctrinal studies, Ministry and End Times and has contributed to several others. He is also the author of The Reformation.
MacKenzie has served The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in a variety of ways including terms of service on the Commission on Theology and Church Relations, the Doctrinal Review Commission, and the Board of Governors of the Concordia Historical Institute.
He is married to Meg (nee Martin) of Midland, Michigan. They have four children and three grandchildren.
Works of Note
The Reformation (CPH, 2017)
“Martin Luther and Reformation: An Evangelical Approach – Then and Now,” in Gene Edward Veith and John Warwick Montgomery, eds., Where Christ Is Present: A Theology for All Seasons on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (Corona, CA: NRP, 2015), 37-63.
“Without Easter?” (1 Cor. 15:19-26), “Believing Is Seeing” (John 20:19-31), and “Sin: Our Business” (Matt. 9:35-38), sermon studies for Concordia Pulpit Resources 26, Part 2 (Feb. 14-May 15, 2016):23-25, 26-28, 60-61.
“‘Puritan Preaching in England,” Concordia Pulpit Resources 26, Part 3 (May 22-Aug. 21, 2016):9-14.
The Battle for the Bible in England, 1557-1582 (New York: Peter Lang, 2002).
LifeLight Foundations: Ministry. Leader’s Guide (CPH, 2009)
LifeLight Foundations: End Times. Leader’s Guide (CPH, 2014)
LifeLight enrichment magazine for Ephesians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians (CPH, 2011)
LifeLight enrichment magazine for 1, 2, and 3 John (CPH, 2011)
LifeLight enrichment magazine for Parables (CPH, 2013)
Review of David Daniell, The Bible in English in Albion 36 (2004):513-14
A sermon for Lutheran Education Sunday, “Matthew 18:1-6, WhyChildren?” Concordia Pulpit Resources 24, Part 3 (June 15-Sept 14, 2014):59-60
“It’s Not About Mary,” Sermon study for St. Mary, Mother of our Lord, Luke 1:46-55, Concordia Pulpit Resources 14 (2004):37-39.
“Your Money or Your Life,” Sermon study of Pentecost 18, Luke 16:1-13,” Concordia Pulpit Resources 14 (2004):18-20
“Are You Listening?” Sermon study of Pentecost 19, Luke 16:19-31,” Concordia Pulpit Resources 14 (2004):21-23