Kent J. Burreson

DR. KENT J. BURRESON is the Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology.

A Seminary faculty member since 2000, he is an associate professor of systematic theology and dean of the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. He teaches courses on the confessions, systematics, religious bodies, Byzantine theology and many different courses in worship.

He holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1992, 1994); a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind. (1997, 2002); and a Bachelor of History from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. (1988).

He engages in research on the history of Reformation and post-Reformation worship, worship and culture, worship as ritual performance and the theology of worship. He presents his research results at conferences and workshops and in essays. He served as assistant pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Mishawaka, Ind. (1999-2000), and was a member of the liturgy subcommittee of the Lutheran Hymnal Project that prepared Lutheran Service Book.

He and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters, Maggie and Lily Kate.


  • Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
  • Dean of the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus


  • B.A., Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.
  • M.Div, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • S.T.M., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office phone: 314-505-7569


Conference Topics

  • “Through Whom We Live: A Christocentric Theology of the Worship of the Triune God”
  • “The Next Worship: The Changing Face of Christian Worship in the World”
  • “The Rhythm of Life with God”
  • “Incense Rising and Screens Descending: How Do We Worship God in the 21st Century?”
  • “A Catechumenate for Lutherans”
  • “The End Times in Luther”
  • “This is the Night: The Easter Vigil as Our Theology”
  • “Steeped in the Water: Images for Living a Baptismal Life”
  • “With Hands Uplifted: The Purpose of Liturgy and Worship as the Norm of Appeals to Early Church Tradition and Evangelicalism”

Published Books and Essays

  • “Biblical Engagement within Various Christian Traditions (forthcoming)”
  • “What is Confirmation? Shaping a Word-Filled, Sacramental Life” in Confirmation Basics, edited by Mark S. Sengele (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1009), 23-32.
  • Burreson, Kent, ed. He Was Crucified. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2009).
  • “Water Surrounded by God’s Word: The Diocese of Breslau as a Window into the Transformation of Baptism from the Medieval Period to the Reformation,” in Worship in Medieval and Early Modern Worship: Change and Continuity in Religious Practice, edited by Karin Maag and John D. Witvliet (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004), 203-242.
  • “Forming a Lutheran Liturgical Reader: The Appropriation of Meaning in the Liturgy,” in Lord Jesus Christ, Will You Not Stay: Essays in Honor of Ronald Feuerhahn on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday, edited by J. Bart Day, Jon. D. Vieker, Albert B. Collver, Scott A. Bruzek, Kent J. Burreson, Martin E. Conkling, and Naomichi Masaki (Houston: The Feuerhahn Festschrift Committee, 2002), 373-96.
  • “Book Review of American Methodist Worship by Karen Westerfield Tucker,” Doxology 19 (2002): 137-40.
  • “Baptism, Anointing, Eucharist: Luther, Lutherans, and A Unitary Rite of Initiation,” Sacramental Life 11:3 (Ordinary Time 1998), 114-122.
  • “Confirmation: Living and Rejoicing in the Sacramental Life,” in Through the Church the Song Goes On: Preparing a Lutheran Hymnal for the 21st Century, edited by Paul J. Grime, D. Richard Stuckwisch, and Jon D. Vieker (Kirkwood, MO: The Commission on Worship, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 1999).
  • “Advent: Preparation for the Incarnation, An Historical Survey,” The Bride of Christ: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgical Renewal, 22:1 (December 1997), 3-7.
  • “The Mystagogical Catecheses of Cyril of Jerusalem: The Crossroads of Fourth Century Anaphoral Development,” in Essays on Early Eastern Eucharistic Prayers, edited by Paul F. Bradshaw, 131-151. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1997.
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