Timothy P. Dost

Dr. Timothy Dost hails from the Bay Area in California and grew up there for roughly his first eight years. He then spent the years through high school in the Maryland, Washington D.C. area. He attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, graduating with a major in History, and minors in Greek and Music. It was there that he also met his wife, Nanette, who completed her deaconess training, also at Valparaiso. He continued his studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., and did his vicarage with the Texas District, finally graduating with his Master of Divinity. His favored theological areas were Historical and Systematic Theology. It was in Missouri that his son Jeremiah was born.

Dr. Dost accepted his first call as a Missionary at Large for the Southern California District (now Pacific Southwest) of the LCMS, assigned to both Hispanic and Anglo ministries in Colton, Calif., where he worked for five years. It was here that his daughter Rachel was born. 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. In this locale and in these capacities he worked with a largely inner city, African American population for eight years and taught subjects ranging from American History to Senior English to pre-Calculus. He also worked on his Doctorate in History at the University of Southern California, serving as a teaching assistant in both Medieval Europe and Early Modern Studies, and achieving the Ph.D. in 1997. His dissertation explored the intersection of Luther, the Gospel and his use of Renaissance Humanism as found in his correspondence through 1522 (the stay at the Wartburg). The dissertation has been published in book form by Ashgate Press under the title, Renaissance Humanism in Support of the Gospel in Luther’s Early Correspondence: Taking All Things Captive.

Dr. Dost moved to Portland, Ore. in 1998, teaching History, English and Public Speaking for Concordia University, Portland until 1990. He also taught a course in the Economic History of the Great Depression as a Global Phenomenon and a course entitled “European Holocausts” about genocides in Europe in the 20th century for Portland State University, and served rural congregations in Estacada, Ore. and Bingen and Klickitat, Wash. during this time.

The Dosts moved in 2000 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 United States History and Western Civilization courses.

In 2002 Dr. Dost was called to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis as assistant professor of historical theology, and was promoted to associate professor in 2007. He teaches a wide variety of both residential and distance courses in the curriculum, in fields of both American and European Historical Theology, generally focusing on the time period subsequent to the Reformation. Dr. Dost has also taught oversees for the Seminary, in Bagio City, Philippines; Southern Siberia, Russia; and Porto Alegre, Brazil. Dost has presented papers at small group sessions in the various Luther fora and congresses he has attended. His main interest areas have to do with Zwingli, the Radicals and Anabaptists, the intellectual history of Europe and its affect on the church, as well as issues in the LCMS and North American religion in general. He has presented to groups on the causes of divisions within our church body as well as on Martin Luther, on Philip Melanchthon, George Spalatin, Katie Luther and Darwinism. While at the Seminary he has also served various vacancies including three years in Rader (Conway), Mo. Dr. Dost is largely fluent in Spanish and can manage German and Latin.

Dr. Dost’s hobbies center around observational astronomy, computers, working around the house, and playing clarinet. His wife Nanette works in an administrative capacity for Stephen Ministries and is called as a deaconess to head up the Stephen Ministry at Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis, where they are both members.


  • Director of Certification
  • Associate Professor of Historical Theology
  • Faculty Secretary


  • 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
Office phone: 314-505-7142
Email: dostt@csl.edu

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