Dr. Lawrence R. Rast, Jr. is the President of Concordia Theological Seminary and Professor of American Christianity and American Lutheranism. Dr. Rast joined the Department of Historical Theology in the Fall of 1996 after serving as pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, Madison, Tennessee (1992-96). He received his B.A. from Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois (1986), and his M.Div. (1990) and S.T.M. (1995) from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. In 2003, he earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Rast is a member of the Board of Directors of Lutheran Quarterly and A member of the editorial committee of the Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly and Concordia Theological Quarterly. He is a faculty representative on the LCMS’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations (2006- ) and is the Chairman of that commission (2010- ).