- 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 (PhDTS), and Director of the Master of Sacred Theology Program (STM) at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana (CTSFW). He was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry in June 1991, and joined the faculty in the spring of 2001. The areas of his teaching include dogmatics, Lutheran Confessions, and Luther studies.
Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, Dr. Masaki graduated from Rødde Folkehøgskole near Trondheim, Norway (1979) and received his BA (1985) and MA (1987) degrees in social work and counseling from Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. He earned MDiv (1991) and STM (1998) degrees at CTSFW, and holds PhD (2005) degree in doctrinal theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
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 (Göteborg, Sweden: Församlingsförlaget, 2013), and Community: We Are Not Alone (Concordia Publishing House, 2007). His articles and sermons are found in numerous books and scholarly journals.
Dr. Masaki has served the LCMS 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 (1998–2006), the Commission on Doctrinal Review (2010–2019), and the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (2019–present). For the International Lutheran Council (ILC), he serves as the Director of the Lutheran Leadership Development Program (LLDP) since 2017.
Dr. Masaki has visited over 25 countries on behalf of CTSFW and LCMS, and is regularly teaching in Africa, Nordic countries, Asia, and elsewhere. He and his wife Yohko are blessed with three grown 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.