Dr. Benjamin Mayes Accepts Call to CTSFW Faculty

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—It is with great joy that we announce that the Rev. Dr. Benjamin T. G. Mayes has accepted the call to serve as assistant professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana. “We are delighted to welcome Ben Mayes to the CTSFW faculty. In addition to being a faithful servant of the Church, he is a gifted historian and writer, both qualities that will enrich the formation experience for our student body,” commented CTSFW President Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. Mayes holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Concordia University Nebraska (1997), a M.Div. from CTSFW (2003) and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan (2009). While working on his doctorate he served as assistant pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids. He has taught as an adjunct professor at CTSFW since 2011. Most recently, he has worked as an editor for Concordia Publishing House (CPH), St. Louis, Missouri. He will continue to serve CPH as managing editor and co-general editor of Luther’s Works: American Edition. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two sons, Caleb and Jonathan. “Ever since college, when I first attended a Symposia series in Fort Wayne, Concordia Theological Seminary has been special to me. It is an honor, and quite humbling, to be called to join this august faculty. I can’t wait to lead students to see the great blessings that have come to us from the Reformation and the age of Lutheran Orthodoxy, and to equip them to hand down this great doctrinal and exegetical heritage to the people they will serve,” shared Mayes. “‘Every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old’ (Matt. 13:52). Historical theology at its best does this. It deals not just with history but with how God’s Word and Sacraments have been taught and applied to people through the ages for their salvation in Christ Jesus. This leads pastors and laypeople to a perspective that is broader than the here and now, one from which we can better see the mistakes and wisdom not just of the past, but of our own present as well.” In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mayes will serve as assistant editor of the Seminary’s theological journal, the Concordia Theological Quarterly. He will begin his service at CTSFW in August.