Westar Institute

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Charter Member

Jarmo Tarkki

Institutional Affiliation

Minister of California and Texas Finns

Solvang, California


Ph.D., University of Helsinki Th.M, University of Helsinki D.Min., Helsinki Diocese


Jarmo Tarkki is Minister for Finnish communities west of the Mississippi river and Mexico, an office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Previously, he served as Senior Pastor at Bethania Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Solvang, California. He was Adjunct Professor of Theology at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks; a Teaching Fellow in Philosophical Theology at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley; and the author of numerous books and articles on the philosophy of authority in religion, bioethics and social theory, published in journals and newspapers in Finland, Canada, and the United States. In addition to several academic as well as clerical positions, he has wide experiences in other areas of life, having been a sailor, prison chaplain, political campaign manager, editor-in-chief, columnist, a TV-host in Finland, chess champion of Helsinki and public speaking champion of Finland.

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