Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director for Spiritual Care
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. 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. Senkbeil served as an elected member of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the LCMS (1998-2002). In 2016 he was elected to a second six year term on the Board of Regents of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In 2001 that institution awarded him the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa. 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), plus contributions to many other books and professional theological and pastoral journals. His book on pastoral work, HABITUS: A Shepherd’s Guide to the Cure of Souls, is slated for publication by Lexham Press in 2019. In 2016 his friends and colleagues celebrated the 45th anniversary of his ordination into the office of the holy ministry with a festschrift entitled Take Courage (publication pending).
Dr. Senkbeil is a frequently invited guest speaker at LCMS District pastoral conferences and other foreign and domestic 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
Dr. Yahnke is a licensed clinical psychologist who has provided consultation to District Presidents, pastors, principals, teachers and congregations for over three decades. She is known throughout the church as a compassionate counselor, articulate speaker, and engaging teacher. In 2008, she accepted the invitation from the Board of Directors to serve as DOXOLOGY’s Executive Director for Christian Counsel.
Previously, she has served as Professor of Psychology and Department Chair at Concordia University Wisconsin. Early in her tenure at CUW, she was named as “Faculty Laureate” for excellence in teaching. Yahnke has also received the University’s “Dettmann Award for Dedicated Service “.
Dr. Yahnke worked for 20 years in private practice at the clinic she founded, Christian Counseling Services in Milwaukee. CCS was devoted to providing care for clients of faith, including church workers and their families. Yahnke has written numerous articles about psychology, education and faith, and is a frequently invited speaker for clergy and educator conferences at home and abroad.
Dr. Yahnke has served the LCMS as a nationally elected member of the LCMS Board for Higher Education (1998-2004). More recently, was elected by the LCMS national convention to serve as a Regent on the Board of Concordia Theological Seminary (2016-2022). In 2016, Concordia Theological Seminary awarded her with Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Honoris Causa.