Executive Directors

 

Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director for Spiritual Care

 

Dr. Harold L. Senkbeil

Dr. Harold Senkbeil brings considerable pastoral presence and wisdom to this project, having served faithfully in the parish for more than 31 years.  His parish experience includes small town/rural, campus, suburban, central city and mission planting settings.

Senkbeil served as Associate Professor in the Pastoral Ministry and Missions Department of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana from 2002 – 2008.  He served as an elected member of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the LCMS (1998-2002). In 2010 he was elected to the Board of Regents of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  He is the author of a number of books, including Sanctification: Christ in Action (NPH, 1989) and Dying to Live: the power of forgiveness (CPH, 1994).  In July, 2008, he accepted the call to serve DOXOLOGY, a Recognized Service Organization of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, as Executive Director for Spiritual Care.

Dr. Senkbeil is a frequently invited guest speaker at LCMS District pastoral conferences and other settings, including twice presenting at the annual Reformation Lectures of Bethany Lutheran College and Seminary (ELS), Mankato, MN. He is known as a pastor to pastors, providing colleagues with theological resources, enrichment, encouragement and personal pastoral care.

Beverly K. Yahnke, Executive Director for Christian Counsel

Beverly Yahnke

Dr. Beverly Yahnke is uniquely equipped to serve this project’s needs.  Dr. Yahnke is a licensed clinical psychologist who has provided consultation to District Presidents, pastors, principals, teachers and congregations for over two decades.  She is known throughout the church as a compassionate counselor, articulate speaker, and engaging teacher.

She has recently concluded five years of service as Professor of Psychology and Department Chair at Concordia University Wisconsin.  Previously she spent 20 years in private practice at the clinic she founded, Christian Counseling Services.  CCS was devoted to providing care for countless church workers and their families. Dr. Yahnke has written numerous articles about psychology, education and faith, and is a frequently invited speaker for clergy and educator conferences. She served the LCMS for 12 years on the South Wisconsin District Ministerial Health Committee prior to her six years of service as a nationally elected member of the LCMS Board for Higher Education

Dr. Yahnke is a frequently invited, high-energy speaker for clergy, educator and mental health conferences.