David R. Maxwell

Dr. David R. Maxwell is the Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology.

A Concordia Seminary faculty member since 2004, he is director of the Graduate School and an associate professor of systematic theology. He received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame (2003); a Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1995, 1997); a Master of Arts from Washington University, St. Louis (1995); and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas, Austin (1991). He was ordained in 2003 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elkhart, Ind.

At the Seminary, he teaches courses in systematic theology, patristics, history of exegesis and Latin. His primary research interest is the early Church, particularly the Christological controversies of the fourth through sixth centuries. He also works in the field of patristic exegesis and recently produced a translation of Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on John (InterVarsity Press). He is currently working on a translation of Cyril of Alexandria’s commentaries on Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Hebrews.

He has delivered a number of presentations on Lutheran identity, both in the United States and in Indonesia. He plays the organ regularly in church and at the Seminary. In conjunction with playing the organ, he has written on the theological symbolism in the organ music of J.S. Bach, particularly Bach’s “Clavierübung III,” which is based largely on Luther’s Catechism hymns.


  • Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology
  • Director of Graduate School


  • Christology
  • History of Exegesis
  • Cyril of Alexandria


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

Contact Information

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place
St. Louis, MO 63105

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