Multiethnic Symposium

Many Peoples, One Savior, Jesus: Affirming a Multiethnic Church

May 1-2, 2018

The 2018 Multiethnic Symposium is a place to affirm and celebrate multiethnic ministries and learn from those faithful servants who are leading the way. We are blessed to be in a place and time where we can confess the one and only Savior, Jesus Christ, boldly together as brothers and sisters from many nations.

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2018 Multiethnic Symposium

Keynote Speaker


Dr. Mark DeYmaz

May 1, 2018 10:15 a.m.

DeYmaz is a nationally recognized leader in the multiethnic church movement, author of the award-winning book, Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church, and a founding pastor of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, a multiethnic and economically diverse congregation in Little Rock. He also is the co-founder and executive director of the Mosaix Global Network, an organization dedicated to inspiring unity and diversity in the local church throughout North America and beyond.



Dr. Victor Raj

May 1, 2018 10:15 a.m.

Raj is the Buehner–Duesenberg Professor of Missions at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. A faculty member since 1995, he is professor of Exegetical Theology and assistant director of the Seminary’s Institute for Mission Studies. His areas of interest include missiology and the Pauline Corpus. Since 1995, Raj has served as editor of Lutheran Mission Matters (formerly Missio Apostolica), the journal of the Lutheran Society for Missiology.



Kaye Dumas Wolff

May 2, 2018 9:45 a.m.

Wolff is the vice president of Special Focus Ministries for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML). She oversees the intentional outreach to young women and multicultural women in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). She also works with LCMS Black Ministry, and has served on the organizing committee for the Multiethnic Symposium since the first event in 2008. She was instrumental in the making of the LCMS movie, “The First Rosa,” serving as unit production manager.

13th Annual Lecture in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Missions



Dr. Alberto L. García

May 1, 2018 1:15 p.m.

García is professor emeritus of theology at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, where he taught for 21 years. He immigrated to the United States from Cuba in his youth. Raised Roman Catholic and now an ordained Lutheran minister, he uses his diverse background to shape his work. He is the author of 12 books and more than 100 articles in theological journals and encyclopedias.



Dr. Gerhard Bode

May 1, 2018 2:30 p.m.

Bode is dean of Advanced Studies and associate professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Bode has been a faculty member since 2005. He also serves as Seminary archivist. His areas of interest and expertise include the Reformation and the history of Lutheranism. Prior to coming to the Seminary, Bode was assistant to the pastor (2005-08) and assistant pastor (2004-05) at Salem Lutheran Church in Affton, Mo.

Festival of Nations

May 1, 2018 3-6:30 p.m.

The symposium will also feature a Festival of Nations along with a Festival Service with Holy Communion.

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