- Professor of Systematic Theology
- Director of Ph.D. in Theological Studies Program
- Director of S.T.M. Program
Dr. Naomichi Masaki is Professor of Systematic Theology, Director of the PhD in Theological Studies Program, and Director of the Master of Sacred Theology (STM) Program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), Indiana. He joined the faculty in the spring of 2001. 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.
Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, he graduated from Rødde Folkehøgskole near Trøndhelm, Norway (1979), and received his BA (1985) and MA (1987) in Social Work and Counseling from Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan, and his MDiv with an emphasis in Missiology (1991) and STM in Systematic Theology with a minor in Liturgics (1998) from CTSFW.
Dr. Masaki was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry in 1991. He served as missionary-at-large and pastor in Ridgewood and Bergen County, New Jersey (1991–98).
He engaged in doctoral study at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1998–2000). 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 PhD in Doctrinal Theology.
He is the author of 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) and Community: We Are Not Alone by Concordia Publishing House (2007). His articles are found in several books and 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.
Dr. Masaki has served The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as a 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).
For the International Lutheran Council, he serves as Director of the Lutheran Leadership Development Program (2017–present).
Masaki has represented the Seminary and the LCMS by teaching and presenting essays in Brazil, Haiti, Canada, India, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Israel, Romania, Czech Republic, Nigeria, Taiwan, and Philippines.
He and his wife, Yohko, are blessed with three children: Yoshitomo Robert, Satomi Christine and Emi Sophia.
Works of Note
Naomichi Masaki, “Luther on Law and Gospel in his Lectures on Galatians 1531/1535,” in The Necessary Distinction: A Continuing Conversation on Law and Gospel, edited by Albert B. Collver III, James Arne Nestingen and John T. Pless, 135-67 (St. Louis: Concordia, 2017).
Naomichi Masaki, “Kliefoth’s Reception of the Bible,” in the Encyclopedia of Bible and Its Reception (EBR), vol. 15, edited by Dale Allison, Jr., et al (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2017).
Naomichi Masaki, “Luther Memoria on the Occasion of his Death,” in Memoria – theologische Synthese – Autoritätenkonflikt: Die Rezeption Luthers und Melanchthons in der Schülergeneration, edited by Irene Dingel, 69-87 (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016).
Naomichi Masaki, “Gnadenmittelamt: Theodor Kliefoth’s Understanding of the Office of the Holy Ministry in his Acht Bücer von der Kirche, 1854,” in Dona Gratis Donata: Essays in Honor of Norman Nagel on the Occasion of His Ninetieth Birthday, edited by Jon D. Vieker, Bart Day, and Albert B. Collver III, 80-107 (Manchester, MO: The Nagel Festschrift Committee, 2015).
Naomichi Masaki, “Justification: All that Jesus Did as Our Savior Counts for Us!” in Lutheranism 101, Second Edition, edited by Scot A. Kinnaman and Laura L. Lane, 53-58 (St. Louis, Concordia, 2015).
Naomichi Masaki, “The Reformation and Asia: Another Battleground of Confession and Liturgy,” The Journal of Lutheran Mission 4 (September 2015): 62-66.
Naomichi Masaki, “Cultural Difference and Church Fellowship,” Concordia Theological Quarterly 78 (2014): 93-114.
Naomichi Masaki, “Call and Ordination,” Logia 23 (Reformation 2014): 25-32.