Missouri Synod | Norwalk, CT

Pastor Robert Beinke

In my own words:

I am 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.

Married in May of 1986, we have been blessed by God with three children: Elisabeth (b. 1987, married in 2013), Catherine (b. 1988, in graduate school in Boston), and Kristina (b. 1989, in graduate school in Scotland). After graduating in 1986 from the Seminary I was installed as Pastor at Our Savior in Londonderry, NH, serving from 1986 – 1994. Installed as Pastor of St. Peter in August, 1994, while I have been in New England since the mid ’80’s, any native New Englander will tell you that despite this year’s 25 Anniversary, this does not yet make me a New Englander!

Since 2002 I have been involved in visiting monthly several inmates at several prisons in CT. This has proven to be a great blessing to myself and the congregation, as well as to these men. I am also involved in Chaplaincy work with law enforcement.

Since 2005, I’ve been fortunate to ride along with on-duty police officers after having been sworn in as a 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. Later, in 2013, I was appointed a Chaplain with the State Police and assigned to the Bridgeport barracks.

I’ve known fine people and have seen great things in St. Peters and that continues to happen – even to our facilities. The past decade saw the remodeling and installation of entirely new sanctuary windows. Beginning in 2020 our lower level will be remodeled, reimagined, and re-dedicated for the expanding members and guests events, classrooms, and special activities. We’ve been boldly blessed by funding for this and we’ll deliver on the vision of our future.

To serve our Lord as a Pastor in His Church is truly a humbling and awesome responsibility. If this work were dependent 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!