Concordia Lutheran Seminary


John Hellwege, Jr., B.A., M.Div., S.T.M., Ph.D.

Native of Missouri.  Concordia College, Seward NE (B.A. Theology 1993); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div. 1999); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (S.T.M. Historical and Systematic Theology 2000); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (Ph.D. Historical Theology, the Modern World 2009); Pastor, Grace and St. Peter Lutheran Churches, Platte Center, NE and Humphrey, NE (2000-2005); Adjunct professor of Theology, Concordia University, Nebraska (2003-2004); Pastor Emmaus Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO (2008-2015); Adjunct professor, Concordia University, Wisconsin – St. Louis Center (2008-2015); Guest Lecturer, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (2009-2015); Freelance Editor, Concordia Publishing House (2009-2011); Assistant Professor of Theology, Concordia Lutheran Seminary (2015-Present).

Research interests

American Lutheranism

Nazism and religion

Interaction between philosophy and theology


Just War doctrine



"Trust Not in Princes." The Canadian Lutheran, 33, no.4 (July/August 2018): 9-10

"Americn Lutherans and Problem of Pre-World War II Germany." Concordia Theological Quarterly, 80, no. 3-4 (July/October 2016): 309-331.

"Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis." Concordia Journal, 44, no.4 (Fall 2015): 365-67.

“Wilhelm Loehe: American Lutheranism’s Distant Father,” Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Spring 2010.

“What Was Going on over There?  The Missouri Synod’s Struggle to Understand Pre-War Nazi Germany as Seen in Two Popular Publications,” Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Summer 2007.  


Book Contributions

The Lutheran Difference. CPH, 2010.

Lutheranism 101. CPH, 2010.

Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible. CPH, 2010.


"The Nazification of Martin Luther." Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith 2017 Conference: "500 years of Reformation."

“American Response to German Politics before WWII.”  The 38th Annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN. 2015

“The Lutheran Battle over Just War after the Great War: How the Doctrine of Just War came to be debated within American Lutheran Circles following World War I.”  Evangelical Theological Society 2014 Annual Meeting.

“Wilhelm Loehe: American Lutheranism’s Distant Father.”  Concordia Historical Institute 2009 Conference on Archives and History.

Personal interests


Vegetable gardening


Taekwondo & Aikido

FTC Robotics Mentor