Pastor Bob Benke
is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A graduate of Concordia College High
School, Concordia University Wisconsin (A.A.), Concordia University Nebraska
(B.S. in Ed.) and, after teaching 3rd grade at Zion Lutheran School
in Belleville, IL, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (M.Div).
Pastor Bob has had the honor of teaching every grade from Pre-K through
University students. In addition to serving Faith Lutheran Church he has
also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Theology for Concordia University – St.
Paul, MN for 17 years.
In 30 years of
pastoral ministry Pastor Bob and wife Mary have lived in St. Louis, MO,
Meriden, Connecticut, Butler, AL, Maywood and Forest Park, IL and St. Paul,
MN. In those years he has served as a Jail Student Chaplain, Vicar,
Assistant, Associate and Senior Pastor, Campus Pastor for Concordia University
– St. Paul and sole pastor. He is in the 1st edition of Who’s
Who Among American’s teachers and has published several articles in the
Lutheran Education Association Journal.
Mary is a native
of Colorado, a graduate of Valparaiso University and spent 17 years working
with children from Pre-K -6th grade at Central Lutheran School in
The Benkes have three children: Jacob (Laura) a high school teacher at Walther Christian Academy in Melrose Park, IL, Katie, a service specialist for Health Partners in Bloomington, MN, and Nathaniel a senior at Concordia University Wisconsin.