Rev. Dr. Peter L. Steinke
the founding CEO and Executive Director of Healthy Congregations, Inc.
passed away suddenly on July 13th at his home.
Rev. Dr. Peter Steinke was born in Glen Cove, New York on June 18, 1938, to Rev. Arthur F. Steinke and Marguerite (Frankel) Steinke. He was the third child in a family of six children, a family heavily invested in Lutheran education and ministry. Two of Steinke’s brothers, Paul and Alan, are also ordained ministers. Steinke attended Concordia Lutheran Prep school in Bronxville, NY, and went on to attend Concordia Lutheran College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. While living in St. Louis, Steinke met his wife, the artist Carolyn (Kelly) Steinke. They were married in 1963. After Steinke’s ordination, they moved to Chester, Virginia, near Richmond, where Steinke helped to found Grace Lutheran Church. After serving as pastor for this congregation for several years, Steinke moved with his wife and young children to Hyde Park in Chicago, where he earned a Ph.D. at Chicago Theological Seminary.
Healthy Congregations began as a project 25 years ago and is now a nonprofit entity that took on a life of its own expanding beyond its “granted” birth among ELCA and LS-MS leaders to an organization that now engages with 27 different denominations.
In 1994-1995, material was developed that centered on the themes of systems thinking, responding to anxiety and change, leadership, and relationships. That material became four 5 to 6 hour workshops. Training programs for the workshops were developed and the first generation of workshop facilitators was born, with Dr. Steinke overseeing the training.
Dr. Steinke and his wife resided in our synod, and many of our congregations and leaders have benefited from Healthy Congregations workshops held around our synod. He made a big impact here and we are grateful for his wisdom and leadership.
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We remember the Rev. Dr. Peter L. Steinke's family in our prayers and trust that the promise of the Resurrection is true and sure.