David C. Fleming, Executive Director for Spiritual Care

Pastor David C. Fleming was installed as Executive Director for Spiritual Care in 2020. He had served as Associate Director since 2018.

He has served as Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan since 1993 (Senior Pastor 1993-2019, Associate Pastor 2019-). Previously, he served Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Warrenville, Illinois 1987-1993. Rev. Fleming was a graduate assistant at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, 1986-1987.

Currently, Pastor Fleming is a member of Concordia University Wisconsin’s Board of Regents.

He and his wife, Jo Marie, have three children and three grandchildren.

Pastor Fleming was inducted as a Fellow in the DOXOLOGY Collegium in 2014. He received the Fr Zwer Award in 2011 for pastoral support of Lutheran Schools by the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools.  He was honored as Alumnus of the Year by Concordia Theological Seminary.

He has spoken at district pastoral conferences, Lutheran Worship conferences, and served missionaries and pastors in the United States, Ghana, and Latvia. He has authored several articles and Concordia Publishing House’s Advent resource “God Loves Me Dearly.”

Beverly YahnkeBeverly K. Yahnke, Executive Director for Christian Counsel

Dr. Yahnke is a 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.

Dr. Harold L. SenkbeilHarold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director Emeritus

The Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil served in parish ministry for 31 years in various small town/rural, campus, suburban, central city and mission planting settings before moving to academia.

He was 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) and an elected member of the Board of Regents of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (2010-2018).  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 friends and colleagues celebrated the 45th anniversary of his ordination into the office of the holy ministry with a festschrift entitled Take Courage (New Reformation Publications, 2016). His book on pastoral work, The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart, was published by Lexham Press in 2019, together with a companion volume,Pastoral Leadership for the care of souls, co-authored with DOX Collegium Fellow Dr. Lucas Woodford. In 2020 Lexham published his Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley, and The Lord’s Prayer for All God’s Children in 2022 (a FatCat Book).

He and his late wife, Jane, are the parents of three children and four grandchildren, all of whom live near Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Since becoming DOXOLOGY’s Executive Director Emeritus in 2020, Pastor Senkbeil leads the Collegium Fellowship and serves as editor for SEELSORGER, A Journal for the Contemporary Care of Souls.


Doxology provides a safe environment for clergy to reflect on their own spiritual and emotional health and assists them to review and enhance their professional competencies and skills as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s sacred mysteries.

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