Rev. Dr. Martin Justus Naumann (1901-1972)

Dr. Martin Justus Naumann, over 47 years in tho ministry as pastor, professor, scholar and lecturer, was in his 24th year at the Concordia Seminary in Springfield. He was born in Glenwood City, Wis., the son of the Rev. George A. and Helene Willkomn Naumann. Dr. Naumann attended Concordia College at Milwaukee, Wis., graduating in 1920 and he graduated in 1924 from the Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. In 1924 he was assigned to Germany to be a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Saxony, where after ordination in 1924, he served as pastor of churches at Chemnitz, Schoenfeld, Annaberg and Hamburg. Returning to the United States in 1940 he did graduate work at Washington University and Concordia Seminary of St. Louis. He accepted a call to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Altamont, where he served until 1948, when he joined the faculty of Concordia Seminary. His fields of teaching were education, philosophy and Old Testament Interpretation. During the post war period he was a member of the team of theologians who served as essayists at the famous Bad Boll Conferences in Europe. Concordia Seminary of Adelaide, South Australia, conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1963. He originated the Concordia Seminary Bible Lands Seminars in 1965 and was Coordinator of Overseas Programs of the seminary. He was also instrumental in creation of the famous Soetebier Luther Statue in Germany which now stands on the Concordia Theological Seminary campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1969 Dr. Naumann spent his sabbatical teaching at the Lutheran Seminary at Porto Alegro, Brazil. He was member of the Missouri Synod's Board for European Affairs and Trinity Lutheran Church, In recent years he was engaged in research and writing for a volume on Old Testament Messianic Prophecies for the Committee of Research of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.


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