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 oversees the catechetical education within 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 V. Gehlbach first served a dual parish in Wautoma and Hancock, 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 as a worker-priest; he assists Pastor Bender in a variety of spiritual, educational, and administrative tasks. In 2016 he became the administrator of 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.