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Welcome Dr. Hellwege!

Our newest faculty member, Rev. Dr. John Hellwege has joined our faculty as Assistant Professor of Theology  and has begun the transition for himself and his family into his new ministry here at CLS.

Dr. Hellwege has been married to his beloved wife, Denise, for 23 years and counting.  They have four children: Amanda, Rachel, Laura, and Nathan.

Dr. Hellwege begins his teaching assignment this fall semester with classes in Theological Method for first year students and Faith, Life, and Ethics for second and fourth year students.

“I am looking forward to joining... CLS and serving our Lord and His Church in Canada.”

Dr. Hellwege received his Master of Divinity in 1999 and a Master of Sacred Theology in 2000, both from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2009 he received a PhD in Historical Theology, also from Concordia Seminary, with a thesis discussing American Lutheran perceptions of pre-war Nazi Germany.

Dr. Hellwege has served the last seven years as pastor at Emmaus Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to parish ministry, he has served as an adjunct professor at Concordia University, Nebraska from 2003-2004, and as adjunct professor at Concordia University, Wisconsin - St. Louis Center from 2008-2015. He has also served as a guest lecturer at Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri) since 2009.

Dr. Hellwege also served as a freelance editor for Concordia Publish House from 2009-2011. He has contributed to three book projects as an editor and writer: The Lutheran Difference, Lutheranism 101, and Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible. His academic research has received two awards from Concordia Historical Institute, and he has recently given a plenary paper at Concordia Theological Seminary’s (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) 2015 Annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions.

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