Systematic Department

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Charles P. Arand

Dr. Charles P. Arand is professor of systematic theology. Concordia College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (B.A. 1980); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri (M.Div. 1984, S.T.M. 1987, Th.D. 1989); pastor, St. John, Minden, and St. Luke, Covington, Illinois (1988-89); assistant professor, Concordia Seminary (1989-95); associate professor (1995-2001); professor since 2001; chairman, department of systematic theology, since 1995; assistant dean of faculty (1996-98); acting dean of faculty (1997); faculty marshal since 1997; associate vice president for academic affairs (1998-2004); Waldemar A. and June Schuette Endowed Chair in Systematic Theology since 2003; curriculum developer, Specific Ministry Pastor program, since 2008.


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Joel D. Biermann

The son of a pastor, Joel Biermann was raised in parishes in Alberta, Nebraska, and Michigan. Graduating from Concordia College, Ann Arbor in 1983, he enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and finished his M.Div. in 1987. Married to Jeannalee Richardt in 1985, the young couple embarked on a life of service to the church by beginning at Trinity in Bemidji, Minn. A call led to a pastorate at St. Matthew, Holt, Mich. 1998 brought another move as Dr. Biermann returned to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis as a graduate student. He completed his Ph.D. in 2002 with a dissertation entitled, Virtue Ethics and the Place of Character Formation in Lutheran Theology.


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Kent J. Burreson

Kent Burreson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1966 into a Missouri Synod family with a strong Norwegian Lutheran heritage through his paternal grandfather. After high school in Milford, Ohio, he majored in history and minored in theology at Valparaiso … Continue reading 


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Robert A. Kolb (Emeritus)

Dr. Robert Kolb was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and attended Concordia College, St. Paul, Minn. (1959-1961); Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1961-1963); and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. (1963-1968, M.Div., S.T.M.). After completing his doctorate in … Continue reading 


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Thomas E. Manteufel (Emeritus)

Dr. Thomas E. Manteufel is professor emeritus. Concordia College, St. Paul, Minn. (A.A. 1962); Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (B.A. 1964); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. (B.Div./M.Div. 1968); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. (S.T.M. 1975); University of Iowa, Iowa … Continue reading 


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David Maxwell

David Maxwell was born in San Antonio, Texas. He attended college at the University of Texas in Austin and holds graduate degrees from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; Washington University, St. Louis; and Notre Dame. He was ordained in 2003 at … Continue reading 


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Joel P. Okamoto

Joel Okamoto was born and baptized in Los Angeles, Calif., and raised in Michigan. He is married to Ruth, and they are parents of three sons. Joel received his undergraduate education at MIT, and, after working for several years, attended … Continue reading 


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Leopoldo A. Sánchez M.

Dr. Leopoldo (Leo) Sánchez was born in Concepción, Chile and raised in Panama City, Republic of Panama, where he attended the Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal. After spending a couple of years with a Lutheran family of farmers in the state … Continue reading 


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