Dr. William W. Schumacher

Schumacher, William

  • Mission Professor of Historical Theology, Historical Theology
  • Director of the Institute for Mission Studies, Institute for Mission Studies
  • Buehner-Duesenberg Professor of Missions, Historical Theology
Phone314-505-7112

Dr. William W. Schumacher is mission professor of Historical Theology, director of the Institute for Mission Studies and the Buehner-Duesenberg Professor of Missions 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 Doctor of Philosophy from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (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), as well as numerous articles in the Concordia Journal and other periodicals.

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

Interests:

Historical theology
Missions
Theological anthropology

Education

2003
Ph D Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Missouri
1996
STM Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Missouri
1985
MDIV Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Missouri
1985
Summer Institute of Linguistics Dallas, Texas Phonetics and Anthropology
1981
BA Wartburg College Waverly, Iowa German/Literature
1980
University of Bonn Germany Exchange Scholar Program
1978
Goethe Instiute Passau, Germany German Language
1976
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia Pre-Engineering