Victor A. Raj

Dr. Victor A. Raj is the Buehner–Duesenberg Professor of Missions.

A Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty member since 1995, he is professor of exegetical theology and assistant director of the Institute of Mission Studies.

He received his Doctor of Theology (1981) and Master of Sacred Theology (1974) from Concordia Seminary. He holds a master’s degree from Gurukul Lutheran Theological College in Chennai (formerly Madras) and a bachelor’s degree from Kerala University, Trivandrum, both in India.

Since 1995, Raj has served as editor of Missio Apostolica, the journal of the Lutheran Society for Missiology. His published work includes The Hindu Connection (Concordia Publishing House [CPH]) and The Theology of the Cross for the 21st Century (CPH), which he co-edited. His essays include “A New Phase of Religion in America” in Planting in Native Soil: Studies in Gospel Inculturation (Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge/CPH); “The Inclusive Religion of Hinduism” in World Religions in the Light of the Lutheran Confessions (Lutheran Academy Books); and “Neighbors, Religions and Worldviews” in Let Christ Be Christ: Theology, Ethics and World in the Two Kingdoms (Tentatio Press).

In addition to his Seminary work, Raj has served as a member of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Commission on Organizations; guest professor at Lutheran Theological Seminary and Training Center, Baguio City, Philippines; and guest lecturer at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College.

Before joining the Seminary, Raj served as a parish pastor in India and held positions in the India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC), including as director of the IELC’s Renewal Program. He is a former president of Concordia Theological Seminary, Nagercoil, India, and represented India in the International Lutheran Council. He previously served on the faculty of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, as professor and theology department chairman.

Raj and his wife, Anie, have three sons, Anand, Seemanth and Nishant; two daughters-in-law; and one granddaughter.


  • Buehner-Duesenberg Chair in Missions
  • Assistant Director, Institute for Mission Studies
  • Professor of Exegetical Theology


  • Missiology
  • Pauline Corpus


  • Th.D., S.T.M., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • M.A., Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai, India
  • B.A., Kerala University, Trivandrum, India

Contact Information

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place
St. Louis, MO 63105

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