Emeritus Professor Ronald R. Feuerhahn enters rest

Ronald FeuerhahnUPDATE: Members of the public are invited to attend the funeral service for Dr.  Feuerhahn, Tuesday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m., in the Chapel of St Timothy and St. Titus. For those who cannot attend, the service will be streamed live at http://www.csl.edu/live/.

Rev. Dr. Ronald R. Feuerhahn, emeritus professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, peacefully was called to rest with Christ on Friday, March 13, 2015.

He will be laid to rest, in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection of the body, following a funeral service at the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary Tuesday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. Ordained members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) are invited to process in the service with purple stoles.

Visitation is Monday, March 16, from 5-7 p.m. at Ambruster Chapel, 6633 Clayton Road, Clayton, Missouri, and Tuesday, March 17, at 1:30 p.m. at the seminary’s chapel.

“Through our beloved Dr. Feuerhahn, God communicated the richness of His Word to generations of people countless to us but all known by the Lord who gave this dear teacher to His Church,” said the Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer, president of the seminary. “He had a deep and scholarly knowledge of modern Christianity, was expert in the writings of Hermann Sasse and others, and excelled in giving his time and gentle care to the many students who loved him. May heaven give its special comfort to Dr. Feuerhahn’s wife Carol and family in the sure and certain hope of the promised reunion around the throne of the Lamb.”

Feuerhahn retired in May 2008 after 22 years of distinguished service as professor of historical theology and seminary archivist at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. With his retirement, an illustrious career of international service to Lutheran church bodies on several continents came to a close.

A 1963 graduate of Concordia Seminary, Feuerhahn was ordained at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He served both the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE) and the LCMS extensively. From 1963 to 1967, he served as a missionary in England and Wales. He also served as pastor at St. David’s Lutheran Church, Cardiff, Wales, from 1964 to 1970, and at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cambridge, England, from 1970 to 1977. From 1977 to 1986, he was preceptor at Westfield House, the seminary of the ELCE, in Cambridge, England.

Feuerhahn joined the Concordia Seminary faculty in 1986. He also became Seminary archivist in 1999. Over the course of his ministry, Feuerhahn served on numerous committees and boards, including the LCMS Commission for Doctrinal Review, the LCMS Commission on Worship, and, while in Britain, the ELCE Board for Overseas Missions, the ELCE Lutheran Free Conference of Great Britain, and the ELCE Executive Council.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1959, a Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1963, a Master of Philosophy at Cambridge University of England in 1980, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the same institution in 1992.

His theological and academic work focused in the area of modern church history, the 20th century ecumenical movement, and in particular the theology and work of Hermann Sasse. He published numerous articles on Sasse and edited several collections of Sasse’s essays. He also produced the definitive bibliography of Sasse’s writings. A Festschrift was published in his honor in 2002: Lord Jesus Christ, Will You Not Stay.

The faculty, students, and staff of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis have been blessed by the continuation of Feuerhahn’s strong influence on campus since his retirement. He will be missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Concordia Seminary Rev. Dr. Ronald Feuerhahn Student Aid Endowment Fund or the American Parkinson Disease Association, St. Louis Chapter – Patient Services.

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5 Comments

  1. Linda Nehring on Facebook March 15, 2015
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    Just saw this in the paper. How beloved he was by the students.

  2. Rev. David V. Dissen March 15, 2015
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    Thanks be to God for the faithful service of Dr. Feuerhahn. He was a humble servant of the Triune God and ever so faithful in is communication of God’s Holy Word. He was blessed with a pastor’s heart and showed it in his interaction with people. Whoever lives and believes in the crucified, risen and ascended Lord will never die but enjoy life forevermore in the presence of Jesus Who loved us and washed us from all our sins in His own holy, precious blood.
    Rev. David V. Dissen,
    Pastor Emeritus
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Cape Girardeau, MO

  3. Dr. James Wright March 17, 2015
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    I very much appreciated the teaching of Dr. Feuerhahn during my studies at the seminary in the mid 1980’s. He was a new professor there at that time and spoke candidly of the gospel and the state of the church. Coming from England, he had a fresh perpective on the issues facing us in America. Blessed be his memory among us.

  4. Rev. Christopher Cole March 17, 2015
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    Memory Eternal “Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη” be unto our sainted brother and dear mentor in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ! Our sad loss is his glorious gain, for truly “to live is Christ and to die is gain”.

    Thanks be to God for such a faithful teacher and servant of His Word, and for such a generous and faithful brother in Christ and father in the faith! Dr. Feuerhahn touched my life as well as many others with his love for God and passion for His Church. Rest in peace, until we meet again at the great day of resurrection!

    Pastor Christopher Cole (Concordia-St. Louis 2004)
    Redeemer Lutheran Church & School – Pensacola, FL

    I think of this passage of St. Paul, as I remember the faith and ministry of our beloved brother Ronald on this the day of his funeral: Philippians 1:18-23 (NASB)
    “What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
    But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better…”
    AMEN.

  5. Perry Sukstorf March 17, 2015
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    I’m sure all of us who studied under him will remember fondly the little receptions he and Carol would host in their home to celebrate the end of another term. Cheers! A gentle man. An exquisite churchman. A redeemed sinner, and now a saint, waiting for the coming glory that is to be at the Resurrection of all who believe. Can’t wait to see you again–in the flesh–renewed to everlasting life!

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