James W. Voelz

Dr. James W. Voelz is the Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament Theology.

A Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty member since 1989, he is graduate professor of exegetical theology. He has served as chair of the exegetical department (2013–15), dean of the faculty (2006–10) and dean of the Graduate School (1996–2002).

His areas of focus are the Greek language, hermeneutics (theory of interpretation) and the Synoptic Gospels, but he also has taught the Pauline Epistles and Acts of the Apostles. He served as an adjunct faculty member of Kenrick Seminary, the Roman Catholic diocesan seminary in St. Louis, from 2009 to 2014, and from 2005 to 2015 was coordinator of the Institute of Theology at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Des Peres, Mo., at which he also taught a Sunday morning Bible class for 24 years.

Voelz was first called to the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary (then) in Springfield, Ill., in 1975, and he moved with that institution to Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1976, where he taught through 1989. During those years, he also served as assistant pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne (1984–88).

He has been involved with the North American-centered Society of Biblical Literature since 1977, presenting papers regularly on a wide range of topics, generally in the areas of the Greek language, hermeneutics and the Gospel of Mark. In 1984 he was invited to membership in Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), the international Society of New Testament Studies. Again, he has regularly presented papers in both the biblical hermeneutics and New Testament Greek grammar seminars there, each of which he also has co-chaired in turn from 1991 until the present. He has written three books (an elementary Greek textbook, a hermeneutics textbook and a commentary on the first half of the Gospel of Mark) and dozens of articles.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament studies from Cambridge University, Cambridge, England (1978); a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1971); and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1967).

For relaxation he enjoys golf, soccer, tennis, wine and tournament bridge.

He and his wife, Judy, have one son, Jonathan.


  • Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament Theology
  • Chair and Professor of Exegetical Theology


  • Greek Language and Linguistics
  • Hermeneutics
  • Mark and the Synoptic Gospels


  • Ph.D., Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • B.A., Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind.


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