Concordia Theological Seminary named Lawrence R. Rast Jr. its president-elect Saturday.
Rast currently is the seminary’s academic dean and professor of American Christianity and American Lutheranism.
Rast joined the seminary’s Department of Historical Theology in 1996 after serving as pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church in Madison, Tenn., according to a statement from Concordia Theological Seminary.
He graduated from Concordia College in River Forest, Ill., in 1986 and earned master’s degrees in divinity and sacred theology from Concordia Theological Seminary.
In 2003, he earned a doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
Rast was one of eight nominees to replace the Rev. Dean O. Wenthe, who announced his plans to retire this year.
In announcing the decision, the seminary said Rast will consult with the current president and the school’s board to determine when he will assume the duties of his new position.