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John William Behnken

Clergyman

John William Behnken, American clergyman.

Background

Behnken, John William was born on March 19, 1884 in Cypress, Texas, United States. Son of Review George William and Helen (Wunderlich) Behnken.

Education

Junior college courses, St. John’s Lutheran College, Winfield, Kansas, 1897-1903. Student Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, 1903-1906, Doctor of Divinity, 1934. Doctor of Laws, Valparaiso University, 1953.

Career

Ordained minister Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1906. Pastor Trinity Church, Houston, Texas., 1908-1935. Lutheran camp pastor, Camp Logan, Ellington Field, Fort Crockett, 1917-1918.

Vice president. Texas District Missouri Synod, 1920-1926, president, 1926-1929. 2d vice president Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, O. and other states, 1929-1932. 1st vice president, 1932-1935.

President since 1935. Author: Noonday Sermons, 1926. Mercies Manifold, 1951.

Contributor theological publications Home: St. Charles, Mo.

Connections

Married Gertrude Geisler, August 13, 1909 (deceased). Married second, Hilda Grassmuck, April. Children: Victor Louis, Ruth Lucille, John William, Donald Edward, Lester Lloyd, Lois Marie, Kenneth Wayne, Helen La Delle.

father:
Review George William Behnken

mother:
Helen (Wunderlich) Behnken

spouse:
Gertrude Geisler

spouse:
Hilda Grassmuck

child:
Victor Louis Behnken

child:
Ruth Lucille Behnken

child:
John William Behnken

child:
Donald Edward Behnken

child:
Lester Lloyd Behnken

child:
Lois Marie Behnken

child:
Kenneth Wayne Behnken

child:
Helen La Delle Behnken