Professor of Theology
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- Concordia College, St. Paul, MN, B.A., 1981
- Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, M.Div., 1987; S.T.M., 1989; Ph.D., 1990
Concordia University, Austin, TX, 1992-2000. Concordia University since 2001.
Hi! My name is Mike Middendorf, a Professor of Theology. I am privileged to teach a wide of variety of courses related to the Bible (e.g. Old and New Testament, Greek and Hebrew, and many more!). It is a great opportunity to lead classes on three levels at one University! My favorite group to work with is our undergraduate students, but I also get to teach courses in the Master of Arts program and to seminarians studying here for many types of ethnic ministry. My home state is Minnesota and my college is a sister school of Concordia, Irvine, located in St. Paul, MN. After completing my pastor’s degree and a doctorate at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, I was a parish pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, ND. Then I served as professor for 9 years at another sister Concordia, in Austin, TX, before coming to Irvine. Is that enough Concordia’s for you? Well, yet another Concordia, Concordia Publishing House published my doctoral dissertation in 1997. It is titled The ‘I’ in the Storm: A Study of Romans 7. During the 2003-04 school year I was honored to be named Irvine’s Trembath Professor. In that role I am co-authoring a New Testament textbook for university students. During the summer of 2003, it was also a joy to work on an archaeology dig at Hippos, near the Sea of Galilee in Israel. After all those Concordias, I should point out that “Concordia” is from two Latin words which literally mean “with heart.” That is one phrase which I strive to have as a characteristic of my teaching ministry. “Concordia” is often translated “harmony.” Since coming to Concordia in 2001, I have really found that to be an outstanding description of the Christian community here.
Dr. Mike Middendorf's dissertation, The “I” in the Storm: A Study of Romans 7, has been published (Concordia, 1997). A university-level New Testament textbook he co-authored was also recently released (Called by the Gospel, Wipf and Stock, 2007). Dr. Middendorf serves on the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.