We welcome Rev. Kurt Schnackenberg (FELSISA) as new part-time lecturer. Rev. Schnackenberg joined our teaching staff at the start of the second academic semester. He is teaching Hermeneutics this semester. We pray that his work at LTS will be blessed. Below is a short biography of Rev. Schnackenberg.
“I was born and raised in a Christian home in Pretoria, South Africa. I was baptized and received Catechesis leading to Confirmation at St. Paul’s Lutheran congregation in Arcadia, Pretoria. I attended the Deutsche Schule Pretoria (DSP) until Grade 7. For high-school, I went to Pretoria Noord Hoërskool. After doing two years military service in the artillery airborne unit, I studied at the Technicon of Pretoria, completing a T5 Masters-Diploma in the field of Electronics whilst working for Kentron. For 14 years I worked for Kentron, mainly involved in the R&D Radar department. I got married to Magdalene neé Weber. After about 18 months marriage I finally decided to enroll into a theological seminary (LThH of the SELK, Germany) to follow the calling I was receiving through circumstances, and especially through other people. Within three and a half weeks, we sold our property, car and most things and moved to Oberursel, Germany. My oldest son Robert was 6 months old. By the time he needed to go to school I had completed my studies and we could move back to SA. Two other boys were born in Germany. We had a lovely “student” time in Germany. We had no car. All travelling was done by bicycle, bus and train. I did my vicarage in Durban-Westville under pastor Helmut Straeuli for one year. Then I received a call from the St. John’s congregation in Shelly Beach and since September 2005 until December 2020 I served this congregation in the beautiful coastal town.
In January 2021 a swap between pastor Tobias Ahlers (ELF) in Ferndale Johannesburg and myself was done. As pastor Tobias Ahlers had been involved in helping with the teaching at the LTS, I was approached to continue this ministry. So, that is how as parish pastor of ELF I also got involved at LTS.”