Dr. MacKenzie is chairman of the Department of Historical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana. Before joining the faculty in 1983, he served St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan, as pastor (1975–1983) and as headmaster of its school (1972–1983). Dr. MacKenzie received his B.A. from the University of Detroit, an M.A. in History from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Classics from Wayne State University, an S.T.M. in New Testament from CTSFW, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. MacKenzie teaches courses in the history of the Christian Church such as Reformation Era, Luther’s Theology, Calvin and Calvinism, Puritanism, and the history of the English Bible. He currently holds the Forrest E. and Frances H. Ellis Chair in German Reformation Studies.
Dr. MacKenzie has published many articles in the field of Church history, lectures frequently and is the author of The Battle for the Bible in England, 1557-1582. He is also the author of two LifeLight doctrinal studies, Ministry and End Times and has contributed to several others.
He has served The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in a variety of ways including terms of service on the Commission on Theology and Church Relations and the Doctrinal Review Commission. Currently he is a member of the Board of Governors of the Concordia Historical Institute.
He is married to Meg (nee Martin) of Midland, Michigan, who teaches pre-school at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Fort Wayne. The MacKenzies have four grown children and three grandchildren.
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