Faculty, Theology and Ministry
Chair, Department of Theology and Ministry
Director, University Honors Program
Dr. Mark Schuler has been teaching religion and theology at Concordia since 1994. Schuler passes on his passion for Biblical Greek and the New Testament to Concordia students in the classroom, and gives members of the community a first-hand account of Biblical times through his ongoing archaeological research project at Hippos of the Decapolis in Israel. Since 2001, Schuler has led annual trips to the Hippos Excavations, giving Concordia students and any interested community members the rare opportunity to be part of an excavation team. The Concordia team works alongside partners from the University of Haifa to uncover the ancient city of Hippos.
Since joining the faculty at Concordia in 1994, Schuler pioneered classroom and other educational uses of information technologies. He served as Director of Internet Services as the university transitioned into a laptop campus. Among his many publications is Called by the Gospel: An Introduction to the New Testament, with Michael Middendorf. Schuler is a member of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the American Institute of Archaeology, and the Society of Biblical Literature, for which he served as the coordinator of the Upper Midwest Region from 2003-08. His transition to collegiate education came after eight years of experience as a pastor at Lutheran congregations in Iowa and Missouri.
ACADEMIC / PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
- Th.D., Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary (1991)
- St.M., Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary (1988)
- M.Div., Concordia Seminary (1981)
- B.A., Classical Greek concentration, Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1977)
Biblical Greek, New Testament, Greek readings, archaeology, Christianity and Islam
"Since 2001, I have been the director of the Northeast Insula Project at Hippos of the Decapolis, on a mountain overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Taking students to the land where Jesus walked and introducing them to the thrill of archaeological discovery are academic and spiritual highlights for them and me."