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

In December 2022, I received my doctorate (ThD) in Systematic Theology and Patristics with the highest honors at the University of Eastern Finland.

My dissertation, Images of Divine Participation: A Reappraisal of Fourth Century Views on Church Membership, concentrates on the notion of church membership in three late 4th-century bishops, Cyril of Jerusalem, Basil of Caesarea, and John Chrysostom.

It was a fantastic privilege to work under the supervision of Hieromonk Prof. Dr Serafim Seppälä, and to have Archimandrite Prof. Dr Cyril Hovorun as my academic opponent.

The book is available at the Tiedekirja bookstore (online and at B&M).

What I do now

I currently work as a postdoctoral researcher at the UEF School of Theology. In my upcoming book, I focus 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, and writing several articles on Patristic themes.

I am involved in popularizing these 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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