Faculty & Staff SpotlightDr. Samuel Deressa

Dr. Samuel Deressa

Assistant Professor of Theology and the Global South

Dr. Samuel Deressa began teaching part-time at Concordia in 2016 and joined the faculty full-time in 2018. He serves as a pre-seminary coordinator for the Department of Theology and Ministry. Previously, he was a member of Faculty of Theology (Gudina Tumsa Chair for Justice), 2008-2011, at the Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His most recent book is The Life, Works, and Witness of Tsehay Tolessa and Gudina Tumsa, the Ethiopian Bonhoeffer (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017).

Deressa’s research interests include theology of mission, world Christianity, Christian leadership, Christian-Muslim relations, and development studies. He is a member of American Society of Missiology and Lutheran Society of Missiology.


  • Ph.D., Congregational Mission and Leadership, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN (2017)
  • M.Div., concentration in Missiology, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2010)
  • B.Th., with a Concentration on Christian-Muslim Relations, Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2007)


Missiology, Global Christianity, Christian Leadership, Christian-Muslim Relations, Development Studies