My name is Harri Huovinen. I was born in the beautiful archipelago of Southwestern Finland in 1977. I am an internationally minded patristic scholar, doctoral researcher, author, and musician with 15 years of professional experience of church life in Japan and Finland.

I am a theologian.

I know. Officially, the title “Theologian” has been granted to three men only. But in today’s language, someone with an education in theology can be called “a theologian”. So that’s who I am. I study and teach Christian theology. And I love it.

What I do now

Currently, I work as Cultural Producer at the Sofia Cultural Center, Helsinki, Finland.

At the same time, I am 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 writing 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 the Finnish Patristic Society, I 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.

Every once in a while, I get the opportunity to return to my professional roots as a musician and record producer.

What I have done previously

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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