Charles P. Arand

Dr. Charles P. Arand is the Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professor of Theology.
A Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty member since 1989, Arand is professor of systematic theology, dean of theological research and publication, and director of the Center for the Care of Creation.
He occupied the Waldemar A. and June Schuette Endowed Chair in Systematic Theology from 2003 to 2015.
His areas of interest and expertise include the Lutheran Confessions and Theology of Creation.
He received his Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Theology from Concordia Seminary (1984, 1987, 1989). He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, Milwaukee (1980).
He has translated the Apology of the Augsburg Confession for the Kolb-Wengert edition of the Book of Concord (Fortress). In addition to publishing more than 50 articles, he has written two books, Testing the Boundaries: Windows into Lutheran Identity (Concordia Publishing House, CPH) and That I May Be His Own: A Theological Overview of Luther’s Catechisms (CPH). He has co-authored a book with Robert Kolb, The Genius of Luther’s Theology: The Wittenberg Way of Thinking for the Contemporary Church (Baker Books). His latest contribution comes as a joint work with Robert Kolb and James Nestingen, A Historical and Theological Introduction to the Lutheran Confessions (Fortress Press). His other research interests include the theology of creation to which end he served as the primary drafter for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) document “Together with All Creatures: Caring for God’s Living Earth.”
In addition to his Seminary work, he has served on CTCR (for which he has drafted three documents) and is now serving as a drafter on the Synodical committee responsible for revising the Explanation to Luther’s Small Catechism.
He and his wife, Betty, have two children, Becky and Benjamin, and one daughter-in-law, Bethany. He is a whooping crane enthusiast and a self-described “craniac.”


  • Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professor of Theology
  • Professor of Systematic Theology
  • Dean of Theological Research and Publication
  • Director of the Center for the Care of Creation


  • Lutheran Confessions
  • Theology of Creation


  • M.Div., S.T.M., Th.D., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • B.A., Concordia College, Milwaukee, Wis.

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place
St. Louis, MO 63105

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