Pastor Hans Becklin loves Jesus, the Church, and what God’s people can do together to bring Jesus’ message of salvation to the whole world. He wants to help nurture a community of Christians who are focused on their Lord and how He is calling them to live out their faith where they are already present.
Raised among the farms and rolling hills of rural south-central Wisconsin, Pastor Becklin has sensed a call to ordained ministry in the Lutheran church from an early age. Pastor Becklin is very passionate about building community, evangelism, teaching the faith, worship, and visitation. He is an engaging preacher committed to connecting the timeless, Biblical principles of our Lutheran faith to the daily challenge of our walk with God in the twenty-first century. He is married to Pastor Marissa Becklin.
In 2018 Pastor Becklin graduated with an M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where he was a Presidential Scholar. He received a B.A. in History, summa cum laude, from Luther College in 2014, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 2016 he won the A.R. Wentz Prize in American Lutheran History from the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic.
Pastor Becklin served his vicarage at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls, Wis. He has also served as a part-time intern at Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago, Ill. Passionate about the work of the larger church, Pastor Becklin was elected in 2013 to serve on the ELCA Church Council, the highest legislative body of the ELCA, for a six-year term. In 2015 the Presiding Bishop appointed him to serve as the ELCA’s representative to the Moravian Church in North America.