Dr. William W. Schumacher

Schumacher, William

  • Professor of Historical Theology, Historical Theology
  • Director of the Institute for Mission Studies, Institute for Mission Studies

Dr. William W. Schumacher is mission professor of Historical Theology and director of the Institute for Mission Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

He became a faculty member in 1996. He was named chairman of the Department of Historical Theology in 2014. He also served as assistant to the director of Resident Field Education for cross-cultural experiences (1996-2007) and dean of Theological Research and Publication (2006-12). Before joining the Seminary, Schumacher served as a missionary in Botswana, Africa (1985-95) and theological coordinator for Africa for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (2010-12). He has taught and lectured internationally in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

He received his Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Theology and Ph.D. from Concordia Seminary (1985, 1996, 2003). He earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in German language and literature from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa (1981).

He has published one book, Who Do I Say That You Are?: Anthropology and the Theology of Theosis in the Finnish School of Tuomo Mannermaa (Wipf and Stock Publishers).

He and his wife, Tamara, have three grown children.


Historical theology
Theological anthropology


Ph D Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Missouri
STM Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Missouri
MDIV Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Missouri
Other Summer Institute of Linguistics Dallas, Texas Phonetics and Anthropology
BA Wartburg College Waverly, Iowa German/Literature
Other Goethe Instiute Passau, Germany German Language
Other Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia Pre-Engineering