Rev. Dr. Carl L. Beckwith and family
HANCEVILLE - On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, Trinity Lutheran Church in Hanceville installed and welcomed their new associate pastor, Rev. Dr. Carl L. Beckwith. The service was officiated by Trinity’s Senior Pastor, Rev. John Jankens and the Rite of Installation was performed by the president of the Southern District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, Rev. Kurtis Schultz.
Pastor Beckwith was ordained into the office of holy ministry at Hope Lutheran Church, Birmingham on April 26, 2009, after being colloquized into the roster of ordained clergy of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in February of that year. He served as sole pastor of Hope until July 2013 and as associate pastor from July 2013 to November 2016. Pastor Beckwith is also professor of Church History and doctrine at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University.
Pastor Beckwith studied history and classics at St. Olaf College (BA), church history at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (M.Phil.), historical theology at Yale Divinity School (MA) and theology at the University of Notre Dame (Ph.D.). He teaches classes on patristic, medieval and Reformation theology. His most recent book is on the Holy Trinity for the Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics series published by Luther Academy. Pastor Beckwith also serves on the Board of Regents for Concordia College in Selma.
“Pastor Beckwith, his wife Julie, and their daughters, Paige and Madeleine are such a blessing to Trinity Lutheran Church and the congregation looks forward to many years of ministry together proclaiming and reaching out with the marvelous saving Gospel of Jesus Christ!” said Jankens.
“After the installation service a reception was held in Trinity’s Fellowship Hall. It was a wonderful time of food and fellowship and getting to know this new brother and sisters in Christ. To God Alone the Glory!”