Robert D. Beinke
a Midwesterner, having grown up in Cincinnati, Ohio, at
Christ Lutheran (LCMS). My college studies began at the
University of Cincinnati, studying Mechanical Engineering,
but after three years (and straight C's in 20 credit hours
of Calculus), I was led by the Lord to study for the Holy
Ministry. I finished my college studies at Concordia
College in Ann Arbor, MI, graduating in 1982, and entered
Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. In 1984
the Lord brought me to New England, first as a Vicar at
St. Luke's in Dedham, MA. During my vicarage I met my
wife, Lorayne. We were married in May of 1986 and have
been blessed by God with three children: Elisabeth (b.
1987), Catherine (b. 1988), and Kristina (b. 1989). After
graduating in 1986 from the Seminary I was installed as
Pastor at Our Savior in Londonderry, NH. I served at Our
Savior from 1986 - 1994, and have been Pastor here at St.
Peter since August, 1994. Thus, I have been in New England
since the mid '80's, but ask any native New Englander and
they'll tell you that this does not yet make me a New
1995 we began celebrating Holy Communion in both Services
every Sunday. As this Sacrament is the most wonderful gift
of the body and blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of our
sins - which, as sinners, we constantly need! - this is
indeed a great blessing to the congregation.
2002 I have been involved in visiting inmates at two
prisons in CT. I correspond with several men regularly and
visit them monthly, This has proven to be a great blessing
to myself and the congregation, as well as to these men.
And, in 2006 I was sworn in as a volunteer chaplain to the
Norwalk Police Department. This gives me greater
opportunity to reach out into the community, as well as to
our police officers, with the love of Christ.
serve our Lord as a Pastor in His Church is truly a
humbling and awesome responsibility. If this work were
dependant upon the skills and wisdom of myself or any
Pastor, we would be lost. I give thanks to God for the
promise of Jesus, that as His Pastors baptize people into
the Name of the Triune God and teach them all things that
He has commanded, He is with us always and will make His
disciples. To Christ, our Teacher, Good Shepherd, and
Savior, be the glory!