Emeritus Professor of Theological Studies
Ed.D., Columbia University, 1978
S.T.M., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 1973
M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 1968
B.S., Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, IN, 1963
Rev. Dr. Hoefer served as a missionary of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to India from 1968-83. The first 7 years were in rural India, and the second 7 years were at the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai, first as Director and then as Research Director. From 1984-1997, he served as town-gown pastor in Wisconsin, and from 1997-2012 as a professor of theological studies and Missions Chair at Concordia. From 1998-2011, Dr. Hoefer served as LCMS World Mission Area Director for India and Sri Lanka, making annual 2-month visits to the region. In a partnership with the LCMS Northwest Dt., Concordia shared Dr. Hoefer to serve as their Resident Theologian and missiologist.
Dr. Hoefer has published/edited 7 books and written some fifty articles, primarily on faith-culture issues in India. He was awarded Alumnus of the Year award from Concordia University-St. Paul, as well as several community awards from River Falls, WI, where he had served as a parish pastor. He retired and entered emeritus status with the university in July 2012.