Naomichi Masaki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
Director of S.T.M. Program

Dr. Masaki is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) program at Concordia Theological Seminary. He has been a member of the CTS faculty since 2001 where he teaches Dogmatics, Lutheran Confessions, Luther studies and Liturgics. He has been sent to teach abroad in such countries as Haiti, India, Japan, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Tanzania.

Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, he graduated from Rødde Folkehøgskole near Trøndhelm, Norway (1979), received his B.A. (1985) and M.A. (1987) degrees in Social Work and Counseling from Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan, M.Div. (1991) and S.T.M. (1998) degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and Ph.D. in Doctrinal Theology (2005) from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Dr. Masaki was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry in 1991, and served as missionary-at-large to the Japanese people in northern New Jersey until the winter of 1997.

He is the author of Community: We Are Not Alone by Concordia Publishing House (2007) and He Alone Is Worthy!: The Vitality of the Lord's Supper in Theodor Kliefoth and in the Swedish Liturgy of the Nineteenth Century by Församlingsförlaget of Göteborg, Sweden (2013). His articles are found in Concordia Theological Quarterly, Lutheran Quarterly, Lutheran Theological Review, Logia, Homiletics, For the Life of the World, Kwansei Gakuin Sociology Department Studies and others. He attends the International Congress on Luther Research regularly.

Dr. Masaki's service to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod includes the Board for District and Congregational Services (1995-2004), the Liturgy Committee of the Lutheran Hymnal Project, the Commission on Worship (1998-present) and the Commission on Doctrinal Review (2010-present).