Erik H. Herrmann

Dr. Erik Herrmann joined the faculty of Concordia Seminary as an instructor in Historical Theology in 2005 after serving as an assistant pastor at Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Mo. In 2007, he was advanced to assistant professor, and in 2009 he was appointed as the director of Deaconess Studies. He is the chairman of the Historical Theology department. He has served as a guest lecturer at the Luther Academy in Riga, Latvia; the Församlingsfakulteten in Göteborg, Sweden; and the Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovakia. He was a post-doctoral Stipendiat at the Insitut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz, Germany for the summer of 2006.

Herrmann graduated magna cum laude from Concordia University Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995, and received both a Master of Divinity (2000) and Ph.D. (2005) from Concordia Seminary. His areas of interest and research include the history of biblical interpretation, with a particular focus on Martin Luther and the Reformation period; history of medieval and Reformation/early modern Europe; 20th century interpretations of Martin Luther and his theology; and the history of American Lutheranism. He has delivered several scholarly presentations, church group presentations, and has written several articles and book reviews.

He is married to Aliesha (née Ave-Lallemant); they have five children: Augustine, Constansa, Mathias, Tobias, and Elspeth.


  • Director of Theological Resources/Reformation 500
  • Director of Center for Reformation Research
  • Chairman of Historical Theology
  • Assistant Professor of Historical Theology


  • B.A., Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis.
  • M.Div., Ph.D., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office phone: 314-505-7389



  • “Luther’s Absorption of Medieval Biblical Interpretation and His Use of the Church Fathers, Especially Augustine” in The Oxford Handbook to the Theology of Martin Luther, eds. Robert Kolb, Irena Dingel, Lubomir Batka, Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
  • Translation and annotation of Martin Luther’s “Sermon for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity, Col. 1:3-14” in Luther’s Works, v. 58 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2010), 331-39.
  • “Philip Melanchthon’s Poem to Martin Luther” with James Prothro in Concordia Journal 36 (Spring 2010): 97-101.
  •  “Writing a Theology of Luther: A Review Essay on Contributions New and Old” in Concordia Journal 35 (Fall 2009): 380-89.
  • “Appraising Polity: Theological Lenses for Evaluating Structural and Governance Proposals for the LCMS,” by Erik Herrmann and David Schmitt in Concordia Journal 35 (Winter 2009): 35-53.

Academic Papers

  • “Luther’s Theology and Its Relevance for Today” at Refo500 Conference, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, September 27-28, 2010.
  • “Returning to the Wellspring: Philip Melanchthon’s Interpretation of Holy Scripture” at Melanchthon Symposia, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, January 25, 2010.
  • Abrogatio Legis: The Interpretation of Paul and the Problem of the Law in the History of Exegesis until the Young Luther,” at Day of Exegetical Reflection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, September 2009.
  • “ ‘Unser Heyden Apostel’: Interpretations of Paul the Missionary in Sixteenth Century Lutheranism” at International Mission Society: College of Fellows, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, January 2009.

Topics for Conferences or Continuing Education

  • Paul through the Ages: a history of biblical interpretation
  • Luther as Pastoral Theologian
  • History of Modern Interpretations of Martin Luther
  • LCMS Controversies
  • Faith Incarnate in Love: thinking about a theology of compassion and human care
  • Turning Points of Church History
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