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Rev. Dr. Ron R. Mudge

Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Office of the Provost

Professor of Exegetical Theology, Exegetical Theology

Dr. Ronald Mudge is provost, chief academic officer and professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Before joining the faculty of Concordia Seminary in 2022, Mudge served at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon (CUW), for 15 years, most recently as the Rouse Professor of Pre-Seminary Studies (2019-22) and director of the pre-seminary program (2010-22). He also served as the Rouse Associate Professor of Pre-Seminary Studies (2013-19) and as an assistant professor of theology (2007-13).

In 2012, Mudge earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Concordia Seminary. His dissertation was Honorable Shame: The Rhetorical Use of Didactic Shame Discourse in Ezekiel 36:16-32. He also received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Concordia Seminary (1996) and a Bachelor of Arts in English and music from the University of Michigan-Flint (1992).

Before joining the faculty at CUW, Mudge was a missionary in French-speaking Africa (1996-2006), serving as the coordinator of theological education and as an adjunct professor of exegetical and systematic theology at the Centre Luthérien d’Etudes Théologiques (The Lutheran Center for Theological Studies).

Mudge has been a member of The Society of Biblical Literature since 2013. He has published works in various blogs and journals, has been interviewed by several newspapers and magazines, and is a sought-after presenter for conferences and lectures.

His areas of interest and expertise include Old Testament prophetic books, biblical responses to popular culture, shame as addressed in the Bible, biblical Greek and Hebrew, using anthropology and sociology in biblical studies and missions. He currently is conducting research for a scholarly Lutheran commentary on Zephaniah.

In his free time, Mudge enjoys running, playing and watching sports, viewing old movies, reading fiction and nonfiction and preparing and eating various pasta dishes. He and his wife, Lisa, find joy in encouraging their children in their vocations and their activities and in taking quiet family vacations in Door County, Wis. They have six children: Jonah, Isaiah, Ella, Aaron, Nathan and Elijah.


Biblical responses to popular culture
Biblical Greek and Hebrew
Old Testament prophetic books
Shame as addressed in the Bible
Using anthropology and sociology in biblical studies