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 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. Along with polishing the last pages of my dissertation, I try to publish as many articles as I can on related subjects. (I think in 2022 I will make my personal record of publications per year.) By the way, while my 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 Societas Patristica Fennica (the Finnish Patristic Society) (2019–), I organize symposia, conferences, and public discussions on Early Christian theology. My duties also include the graphic design, typesetting, and publication of Studia Patristica Fennica, the peer-reviewed journal for scholarly articles and translations of Patristic texts.

Recently, I was honored to receive an invitation to join 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, Kobe, Japan.

International work in churches
In 2006-2010, 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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