My name is Harri Huovinen. I was born in the beautiful archipelago of Southwestern Finland in 1977. I am an internationally minded pastor, patristic scholar, doctoral researcher, author, and professional musician.
I am a theologian.
I know. Properly speaking, that title has been officially granted to three men only. But in today’s language, that’s the best word for what I do.
I study and teach Christian theology. And I love it.
What I do now
I am currently finishing my Ph.D. (or Th.D., to be exact) in Systematic Theology and Patristics at the department of Orthodox Theology, University of Eastern Finland. In my work, I concentrate on the notion of church membership in three late 4th century bishops, Cyril of Jerusalem, Basil of Caesarea, and John Chrysostom. While the sources are ancient, they are oh-so-relevant for our times as well.
I am also involved in popularizing these ancient themes. As the secretary of the Finnish Patristic Society, I get organize symposia, conferences, and public discussions on Early Christian theology. I also work on the graphic design and publication of Studia Patristica Fennica, the peer-reviewed journal for scholarly articles and translations of Patristic texts.
What I have done
Performing & recording artist
I have worked in music ever since I was 16. In my early twenties, I received my first education as a drum instructor at the Pop/Jazz conservatory, Helsinki. I also have an extensive experience as a performing and recording drummer and multi-instrumentalist.