Dr. Charles P. Arand is the Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professor of Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
A 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 previously occupied the Waldemar A. and June Schuette Endowed Chair in Systematic Theology (2003-15).
His areas of interest and expertise include the Lutheran Confessions and theology of creation.
He received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) and Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) from Concordia Seminary (1984, 1987, 1989). He also received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Concordia College in Milwaukee (now Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon) (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 Seminary Professor Emeritus Dr. 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 as a drafter on the Synod 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.”
Theology of creation