The Rev. Henry J. (Hank) Langknecht comes to Christ the King after serving as professor of homiletics and Christian communications and, since 2008, in the Haman-Pfahler Chair at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He has served parishes in Ohio and Ontario, Canada. He received his Th.D. in 2008 in preaching, and the literal sense of Scripture for preaching, from the University of Toronto.

Langknecht began teaching at Trinity in 2000, with concentration on preaching, parish communication, urban ministry and the emergent-missional conversation. Prior to this, he served as pastor at First English Lutheran Church, Marysville, Ohio. He pursued graduate studies in homiletics at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto and, while there, served as interim pastor of St. Ansgar Lutheran Church and was a regular supply preacher at Runnymede United Church.


He attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, interned at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Norwich, Connecticut and finished his course work in 1985.

Langknecht’s major research/reading interests are the literal sense of the Bible; biblical interpretation for preaching; metaphor and imagination; the emergent/missional church; and sermon form and composition.

Originally from Ithaca, New York, he attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida where he received a bachelor of music in theory and composition.

Langknecht and his wife Shirla have two grown sons and his hobbies include bicycling, slow-water kayaking, movies, reading, and puzzles of all sorts.


Rev. Henry J. (Hank) Langknecht

The mission of Christ the King Lutheran Church

Our mission is to welcome all people and to equip Christian disciples to

share God’s love and grace through worship, prayer, relationship, learning,

giving, and serving.

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