Dr. Mark Rockenbach

Rev. Dr. Mark D. Rockenbach

  • Adviser of Personal Growth and Leadership Development, Ministerial Formation
  • Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Practical Theology
Phone314-505-7109

Dr. Mark Rockenbach is associate professor of Practical Theology, adviser for personal growth and leadership development, and director of the institutional review board at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

He has been a faculty member since 2014. His areas of expertise include pastoral care, Christian counseling, forgiveness and reconciliation, congregational conflict and congregational field research.

Before joining the Seminary, Rockenbach served as pastor of First Trinity Lutheran Church in Beatrice, Neb. (1998-2006). He also has 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 in Seward and at Concordia University, Wisconsin in Mequon.

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 in 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., 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 care for church workers.

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

Interests:

Pastoral care
Christian counseling
Forgiveness and reconciliation
Congregational conflict

 

Education

2014
Ph D Calpella University Minneapolis, MN General Psychology A Phenomenological Study That Explores The Lived Experience of Lutheran Laypeople Who Have Forgiven An Interpersonal Transgression
2005
MA Doane College Lincoln, NE Counseling
1998
MDIV Concordia Seminary St. Louis, MO
1994
BA Concordia College Seward Seward, NE Speech and Drama