Pastor Becker & Family
Pastor Stephen-Heinrich Becker was born and raised in Sacramento. His parents immigrated to the United States from Germany in the 1950's. Sacramento, at the time, had a large German community. In fact, aunts and uncles and even his grandmother (Oma) all immigrated to Sacramento as well. And so with German as his first language, he grew up just like many in the Greenhaven/Pocket area, in a true cross-cultural environment. Being local here in the Pocket, Greenhaven Lutheran was his home church growing up. Calling himself generation 1.5, Pr. Becker is proud of his German heritage while loving the family's new home of America.
He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and five years later received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and German at California State University Sacramento. He attended the American Lutheran Theological Seminary, and then later transferred to an innovative, competitive joint-study program of Trinity Theological Seminary (USA) and Canterbury Christ Church University (Kent, UK), receiving his Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry in 2007. Later, Pr. Becker also completed a Ph.D. in Christian Education, with an emphasis on Reformation History, through this same Trinity/Canterbury program. His doctoral dissertation title is "Martin Luther and the Role of Anfechtung in the Twenty-First Century Christian Education of the Youth of the Church."
With his German background and fluency in German, Pr. Becker has traveled extensively throughout the German Luther Lands, and frequently shares the Good News as a guest preacher during his times in the "old country," preaching in both English and German in local Lutheran congregations throughout Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony.
Pastor Becker also serves as a Chaplain with the California Military Department, serving the soldiers of the California Army National Guard's 749th Combat Sustaintment Support Battalion, in Benicia, CA. He currently holds the rank of O3/Captain.
Pr. Becker and his sweetheart Vanessa have been married for 26 years. Mrs. Becker is a teacher in the Elk Grove Unified School District, specializing in moderate/severe special education, with an emphasis on Autism. Pastor and Mrs. Becker are parents to three 22-year olds! ~ their twins, Stephen and Ingrid, and their son Ryan. Ingrid, just like Mom, is interested in education and so studies teacher education at Concordia University, Irvine, a university of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, while son Stephen Jr loves computers and gaming and is a licensed California Phlebotomist. Son Ryan, just like Dad, loves fitness, travel, cars, aviation and the military. In fact, Ryan also serves the California Army National Guard as an Aircraft Powertrain Repair Technician and is studying full-time to become an airline pilot.
Family is the #1 priority of the Becker's.
a favorite bible verse:
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” –1 Timothy 1:15