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Rev. Dr. Samuel Deressa

Assistant Professor of Theology and the Global South and Fiechtner Chair for Christian Outreach, Director of DCO Program

Dr. Samuel Deressa began teaching part-time at Concordia in 2016 and joined the faculty full-time in 2018. Previously, he was a member of the Faculty of Theology (Gudina Tumsa Chair for Justice), 2008-2011, at the Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Deressa teaches courses on Global Christianity, Creation Care, Christian Vocation, Christian-Muslim Relations, and biblical Christianity.

Deressa’s published works include Leadership Formation in the African Context: Missional Leadership Revisited (Eugene, Origen: Wipf and Stock, 2022); A Church for the World: A Church’s Role in Fostering Democracy and Sustainable Development (London: Fortress Academic Press, 2020), which he co-edited with Josh de Keijzer; The Life, Works, and Witness of Tsehay Tolessa and Gudina Tumsa, the Ethiopian Bonhoeffer (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017), which he co-edited with Sarah Wilson; and is the editor of Christian Theology in African Context: Essential Writings of Esthetu Abate (Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, 2015). He has written numerous articles for books and journals on Christianity in the Global South.

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, International Association for Mission Studies, African Society of Evangelical Theology, and Lutheran Society of Missiology.


Professional Experience

  • Concordia University, St, Paul: Assistant Professor of Theology and Global South
  • Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Lecturer and Gudina Tumsa Chair for Justice

Academic Pedigree

  • 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)