I am an internationally-minded scholar of late ancient Christian theology, published author and lecturer with 15 years of professional experience in church communities in Japan and Finland. My research focuses on the Fourth century views on the meaning and significance of church membership. I hold a doctorate (ThD) in Systematic Theology and Patristics, awarded with the highest honors by the University of Eastern Finland.
My dissertation, Images of Divine Participation: A Reappraisal of Fourth Century Views on Church Membership, is currently available at the Tiedekirja bookstore (online and at B&M).
What I do now
I am currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the UEF School of Theology. My
postdoctoral project, which is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, centers on the
role of religious experiences in late ancient ecclesiology. Concurrently, I am actively participating in nine other national and international research projects, all of which involve the study of Patristic themes.
In addition to my research, I am also actively engaged in popularizing these themes. After serving for four years (2019–2023) as the secretary of the Finnish Patristic Society (Societas Patristica Fennica), I was recently elected president of the said organization. Together we organize symposia, conferences, and public discussions on Early Christian theology. My other responsibilities include graphic design, typesetting, and publication of Studia Patristica Fennica, a peer-reviewed journal that features scholarly articles and translations of Patristic texts.
I also have the privilege of serving on the editorial board of Ortodoksia, the peer-reviewed journal of academic Orthodox theology. Published since 1933, Ortodoksia is one of the oldest theological journals in Finland.
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.