The Rev. Rod Benkendorf has accepted a call to serve in development and church relations at the Lutheran Heritage Foundation. He will be installed at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri on Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend the service and a reception afterward.
In his new position, Rev. Benkendorf will be responsible for developing strong connections with churches and individual members, so that they may play a part in the LHF mission.
“What I love the most about the LHF mission is the simplicity of it,” Rev. Benkendorf said. “There’s a simple need: People need God’s Word in the Small Catechism, in the Book of Concord, in children’s Bible books, and they need it translated into their own languages. [LHF Founder] Rev. Robert Rahn saw that need, and then decided to establish LHF to get God’s Word out there from our Lutheran perspective.”
Rev. Benkendorf will be based out of Missouri, where he will be available as a guest preacher and Bible study leader at LCMS congregations.
“We are really looking forward to Rev. Benkendorf being part of the LHF mission,” said LHF Executive Director Rev. Dr. Matthew Heise. “He has such enthusiasm for spreading the Gospel and for LHF’s work in particular, which will undoubtedly be passed on to the congregations he visits.”
Prior to joining LHF, Rev. Benkendorf received his Master of Sacred Theology (STM) from Concordia Seminary in 2007. He accepted a call to Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri in 2008, where he has been sole pastor for the past decade. Rev. Benkendorf also served on the LHF Board of Directors since early 2017.
Rev. Benkendorf is married to Sarah. They have two children, Katie and Megan.
To schedule Rev. Benkendorf as a mission speaker, email LHF or call the office at (800)554-0723.