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Albert P. Pero, Jr.

Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology

Albert P. Pero, Jr.

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B.A. Saint Paul's College
M.A. University of Detroit
B.Th. Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield
Ph.D. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Areas of Expertise

Christology and Culture
Doctrine of God
Lutheran Heritage
Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr.


Albert “Pete” Pero, professor of systematic theology, emeritus, began his teaching ministry at the seminary in 1975. The first African-American Lutheran theologian to receive an earned Ph.D., he has been a pastor, civil rights leader, and organizer, whose work helped to bring about the establishment of the Conference of International Black Lutherans. His passion is to theologically explore the role of the teaching theologian, to engage in deep ecumenical partnership, and the theology of the black experience. He has received many awards for distinguished service in the church.


Albert P. Pero is professor of systematic theology, emeritus, at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. On the seminary's faculty since 1977, Pero previously taught at Concordia Seminary, Metropolitan College and St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo.; Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.; and Shaw University, Detroit, Mich. Ordained in 1962, he served congregations in Chicago and Detroit, Mich., and was a missionary at Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes.

In 1989, Pero was recognized by the African American Lutheran Association for his achievements in cross-cultural studies, and in the same year, was presented with the Disciple for Justice Award by the Commission for Multicultural Ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

With Ambrose Moyo, Pero is co-editor of the anthology "Theology and the Black Experience: The Lutheran Heritage Interpreted by African and African-American Theologians," which includes his two essays, "On Being Black, Lutheran, and American in a Racist Society," and "Worship and Theology in the Black Context." He is editor and co-author (with Richard Perry and Cheryl Stewart) of "Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters...," a Black cultural awareness resource published by Augsburg Fortress. Pero is featured on "Black and Lutheran," a Select video course for continuing theological education.

Pero received the bachelor of arts degree from St. Paul's College, Concordia, Mo., the bachelor of theology degree from Concordia Seminary, Springfield, Ill., and the doctor of philosophy degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He did post-doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and University of Zimbabwe.

Published Works

“The Nature and Function of God as Interpreted by the Church in a World Divided by Poverty and Plenty” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol 40 no 1 (February, 2013) 24-32

“From Culture to Cosmos: God’s Human Community Remains a Single Unit.” Currents in Theology and Mission 28/3-4 (2001) 307-315.

"The Issue of Power/Authority in the Global Church of the 21st Century.” Currents in Theology and Mission 24/3 (1997) 245-251.

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