Timothy P. Dost

Dr. Timothy Dost is an associate professor of historical theology and faculty secretary at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Dost has been a faculty member at Concordia Seminary since 2002. He earned a doctorate in history at the University of Southern California (1997). He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1985), and a bachelor’s degree in history from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. (1981).

His interests and expertise include Reformation studies and Renaissance humanism, modern Europe, historical and systematic theology, Zwingli, the Radicals and Anabaptists.

Dost accepted his first call as a missionary-at-large for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Southern California District (now LCMS Pacific Southwest District), assigned to both Hispanic and Anglo ministries in Colton, Calif., where he worked for five years 1985-90. His subsequent simultaneous calls to Inglewood, Calif., were as pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church and as a history/religion teacher and chaplain to South Bay Lutheran High School from 1990-98.

Dost moved to Portland, Ore., in 1998, where he taught history, English and public speaking for Concordia University, Portland until 1990. He also taught courses at Portland State University in European genocides and the Great Depression as a global phenomenon. He served rural congregations in Estacada, Ore., and Bingen and Klickitat, Wash. during this time.

In 2000, he moved to Winona, Minn., where he served as sole vacancy pastor for St. Martin’s Lutheran Church for two years. It was here that he also worked for Winona State University, teaching a variety of both U.S. history and Western civilization courses.

At Concordia Seminary, Dost teaches a variety of residential and distance courses in the areas of American and European historical theology, generally focusing on the time period subsequent to the Reformation. Dost also has taught for the Seminary in Bagio City, Philippines; Southern Siberia, Russia; and Porto Alegre, Brazil.

His writing works include Renaissance Humanism in Support of the Gospel in Luther’s Early Correspondence: Taking All Things Captive (Ashgate Press).

Dost has presented to groups on the causes of divisions within the LCMS as well as on Martin Luther, on Philip Melanchthon, George Spalatin, Katie Luther and Darwinism. He is largely fluent in Spanish.

Dost enjoys observational astronomy, computers, working around the house and playing clarinet and oboe. His wife, Nanette, works in an administrative capacity for Stephen Ministries and was called as a deaconess to head up the Stephen Ministry at Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis, where they are both members. They have a son, Jeremiah, and a daughter, Rachel.

Position

  • Associate Professor of Historical Theology
  • Faculty Secretary

Interests

  • Reformation Studies and Renaissance Humanism
  • Modern Europe
  • Historical and Systematic Theology
  • Zwingli, the Radicals and Anabaptists

Degrees

  • B.A., Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.

Contact Information

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-505-7142
dostt@csl.edu

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