Robert A. Kolb, PhD Legacy Professor

Education:

  • Concordia University, Honorary doctorate degree (2005)
  • Valparaiso University, Honorary doctorate degree (2001)
  • University of Wisconsin, MA and PhD
  • Concordia Seminary, MDiv and STM
  • Concordia Senior College, BA

Teaching Career:

  • Mission Professor of Systematic Theology (Emeritus) and Director of the Institute for Mission Studies, Concordia Seminary
  • Foremost expert on the life and theology of Martin Luther
  • Visiting faculty member at Lutherische Theologische Hochschule in Oberursel, Germany
  • Head Chairman of the Religion Department, Concordia College
  • Professor, Concordia College (1977-1993), where he repeatedly won the “Professor of the Year” award
  • Visiting professor and guest lecturer at Luther Northwestern Seminary, The Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin, and Valparaiso University, among others
  • Lecturer and professor at numerous schools in Canada, Germany, Nigeria, and Switzerland

Other Career Highlights:

  • Member of many scholarly and ecclesiastical organizations including the International Congress for Luther Research and the Center for Reformation Research
  • Consultant on denominational and Lutheran Synod-related issues
  • Various pastoral church roles
  • Special participant at Lausanne II, the Congress of World Evangelization held in Manila, the Philippines (1989)
  • Associate Editor and Co-editor of The Sixteenth Century Journal (1973-1997)
  • Executive Director of the Center for Reformation Research (1972-1977)

Publications:

  • Extensively published author on the Lutheran Reformation, including articles in scholarly journals such as Church History, The Harvard Theological Review, The Lutheran Quarterly, and The Sixteenth Century Journal
  • Author of countless articles for various dictionaries and encyclopedias including The Encyclopedia of Religion and The Dictionary of Christianity in America
  • Numerous books, including Martin Luther as Prophet, Teacher, Hero: Images of the Reformer; Luther, Pastor of God’s People; TheChristian Faith: A Lutheran Exposition; and Sources and Contexts of the Book of Concord. Perhaps his best-known work is The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Courses Taught

The Theology of Martin Luther