Mark D. Rockenbach

Dr. Mark Rockenbach is associate professor of practical theology and adviser for personal growth and leadership development.

He has been a member of the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty since 2014, the same year he was named the adviser of personal growth and leadership development. His areas of expertise include pastoral care, Christian counseling, forgiveness and reconciliation, and congregational conflict.

Before joining the Seminary, Rockenbach served as pastor of First Trinity Lutheran Church, Beatrice, Neb. (1999-2001), and as vacancy pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Summerfield, Kan. (2003-04). He also served as a vacancy pastor at other congregations in Kansas and Nebraska. From 2005 to 2014, he served as an adjunct professor at Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward.

He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary (1998). He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Nebraska (1994), a master’s degree from Doane College (2005) and a Ph.D. from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minn. (2014).

In addition to his Seminary work, he has served The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as a hearing facilitator (2005-16). He also served as a conflict intervention team member for Ambassadors of Reconciliation in Billings, Mont. (2007-08), and worked as an executive for the LCMS Nebraska District for church worker health and reconciliation (2006-14).

He is a regular speaker at conferences presenting on a variety of topics, including conflict reconciliation, the task of pastoral theology, Christocentric counseling and unforgiveness.

He and his wife, Darlene, have three children: Joshua, Rachel and Andrew.


  • Associate Professor of Practical Theology
  • Adviser for Personal Growth and Leadership Development


  • Pastoral Care
  • Christian Counseling
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Congregational Conflict


  • B.A., Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, Neb.
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • M.A., Doane College, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Ph.D., Capella University, Minneapolis, Minn.


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