Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr.
speaks at 2014 Annual Reformation
Service in Sacramento
Lawrence R. Rast Jr., President of
Concordia Theological Seminary and
Professor of American Christianity and
American Lutheranism served as the
Speaker for the 69th Annual Reformation
Service sponsored by the International
Lutheran Laymen’s League, CNH District,
Zones 4 & 19.
Rast joined the Department of Historical
Theology of Concordia Theological
Seminary 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,
Rast is a member of the Board of Directors
for the journal Lutheran Quarterly and of
the editorial committee of the Concordia
Historical Institute Quarterly. He is a
faculty representative on the LCMS’s
Commission on Theology and Church
Relations (2006-present ) and is the
Chairman of that commission (2010-present
The well attended service
was held at Town and Country Lutheran
Church in Sacramento, California.
To view a video of Dr. Rast's message, click here.
For further information about this
service as well as some of the history
of the Sacramento area celebrations
written by Bruce Grinager, click