Mark Harstad

Mark Harstad

Professor - Religious Studies


  • B.A., Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin, 1970
  • B.D., Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato Minnesota, 1974.
  • M.A., Hebrew & Semitic Studies.  University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1974.   
  • Completion of all course work for Ph. D., Hebrew & Semitic Studies, UW Madison , 1976.  
  • Graduate level courses in American & European History, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Minnesota, 1986-87.

Positions Held

  • Vicar, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Madison, WI, 1973-74           
  • Assistant Pastor, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Madison, WI, 1974-76
  • Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Brewster, MA, 1976-79
  • Professor of Old Testament & Church History, Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato MN, 1980-86
  • Professor of History, Religious Studies, and Classical Hebrew, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato MN, 1986-2012

Past and Present Service on Synodical Boards & Committees

  • Catechism Review Committee
  • Doctrine Committee
  • ELS Historical Society (currently chairman)
  • ELS Archives and History Committee (currently chairman)
  • ELS Centennial Observance Committee

Service on College Committees

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Institutional Services Committee
  • Faculty Development
  • Committee Member
  • Grant Writer (two grants from the Bush Foundation totaling $150,000)
  • Religious Studies Division Chairman