M.Div., Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN
Bachelor of Music Education, Concordia College, River Forest, ILContact Pastor Bender
Peter C. Bender
Pastor Bender was ordained in 1987 in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He was installed as the Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in 1991. Under Pastor Bender, the congregation established Peace Lutheran Academy in 1995. Pastor has been instrumental in educating the congregation about the importance of catechesis, and in creating materials that are used in the catechesis of congregation members, public school students, and Academy students, as well as in churches and schools all over the world. In addition to shepherding the congregation of Peace Lutheran Church, Pastor is the sole teacher of catechism to the students of Peace Lutheran Academy.
The Lutheran Catechesis Series, General Editor; Lutheran Catechesis: Catechumen Edition (second edition); Lutheran Catechesis: Catechist Edition; Lutheran Service Book: Agenda, contributor; Lutheran Service Book: Pastoral Care Companion, contributor
M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis MO
Bachelor of Education, Concordia College, River Forest ILContact Pastor Gehlbach
Gary V. Gehlbach
Ordained in 1987, Gary W. Gehlbach first served dual parishes in Wautoma, WI and Hancook, WI. In 1991 he accepted a call to serve as Pastor at Triune Lutheran Church, Sharon WI where he served until 2008. While in the South Wisconsin District he served as District Secretary from 1991 to 1999, and he has helped to establish mission congregations in Brandon, MS, Plainfield, WI, Lake Geneva WI, and Rockford, IL. In 2012 he accepted a call to serve as assistant pastor at Peace Lutheran Church and assists Pastor Bender in a variety of spiritual, educational, and administrative tasks. In 2016 he became the administrator Concordia Catechetical Academy (CCA), an extension of Peace Lutheran Church which is dedicated to the promotion of Luther’s Small Catechism and faithful Lutheran catechesis. The CCA achieves its mission largely through the development and publication of catechetical materials, and the hosting of catechetical conferences.
B.A. Lutheran Education and Parish Music, Concordia College, Mequon, WIContact Mrs. May
Katherine J. May
Director of Cherub and Academy Choirs; Organist
Mrs. May has extensive experience leading musicians in worship settings, and in teaching music in both inner-city and suburban Lutheran Schools. She has directed adult and children’s choirs as well as hand bells and instrumental ensembles. Outside of the church, Mrs. May maintains a private piano studio, of which many Academy students are members. She works with the children several times a week to prepare them for participation in the Divine Service on Sunday mornings. Mrs. May enjoys teaching, but also enjoys spending time with her family and attending concerts.
"A Mighty Fortress," audiocassette, 1994.
Brenda K. Greschner
Mrs. Greschner functions as Administrative Assistant for both the congregation of Peace Lutheran Church and for the Peace Lutheran Academy. She has performed both of these tasks faithfully since 2006. Not only has she been called upon to organize paperwork and prepare documents, she is also called upon quite frequently to nurse Academy students and to contact parents. Mrs. Greschner not only mothers our students, but she also tends to her own family, enjoys decorating, cooking, and baking.
George and Sue Kaminski
Mr. and Mrs. Kaminski are long-time members of the Peace congregation, and have been the custodians since 1982. They have been faithful servants for all those years, keeping our facility clean and well-organized. In addition, they have been wonderful role models for our students and have established a close relationship to the Academy family. Mr. Kaminski also works as a dental technician, and has worked as a local firefighter and EMT. Mrs. Kaminski is the principal babysitter of her grandchildren. They both spending time with their family any chance they can get.