Who?

I am an internationally minded patristic scholar, published author, and musician with 15 years of professional experience of church life in Japan and Finland.

What I do now

I am currently in the process of gathering data for postdoctoral studies in Church history. I will be focusing on the place of religious experiences in late ancient ecclesiology. At the same time, I am preparing research on the recent history of Orthodoxy in modern-day Japan.

In recent years, I have concentrated on the notion of church membership in three late 4th-century bishops, Cyril of Jerusalem, Basil of Caesarea, and John Chrysostom. I am currently finishing my doctorate in Systematic Theology and Patristics and will defend my dissertation at the department of Orthodox Theology, University of Eastern Finland, on December 9, 2022. My study is called Images of Divine Participation: A Reappraisal of Fourth Century Views on Church Membership. The book will be published very soon in the Studia Patristica Fennica series.

I also try to publish as many separate articles as I can on related subjects.

I am involved in popularizing these ancient themes as well. As the secretary of Societas Patristica Fennica (the Finnish Patristic Society) (2019–), I get to organize symposia, conferences, and public discussions on Early Christian theology. My duties include graphic design, typesetting, and publication of Studia Patristica Fennica, the peer-reviewed journal for scholarly articles and translations of Patristic texts.

I also have the privilege of serving on the editorial staff of Ortodoksia, the peer-reviewed journal of academic Orthodox theology. Published since 1933, Ortodoksia is one of the oldest theological journals in Finland.

Every once in a while, I also get the opportunity to return to my professional roots as a musician. Nowadays, I mainly work on record production.

What I have done previously

Protestant pastor & lecturer
From May 2012 until November 2021, I worked as the head pastor of Lutheran congregations in Lahti and Jyväskylä, Finland. During this time, I also worked as a visiting lecturer at the Kobe Lutheran Theological Seminary, in Kobe, Japan.

International work in churches
From 2006 to 2010, I worked as a musician and catechist in the West Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, mainly in the beautiful city of Kobe.

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.

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