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Friedemann Heinrich Bernard Penner
1963 1984

Pastor Penner

Friedemann Heinrich Bernard Penner
1963 1984

BIOGRAPHY:

Pastor Friedmann H. Penner was born on April 29th, 1929 in Tilsit East Prussia, Germany.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the German Order.  The Pastor received his theological education at the Universities of Hamburg, Munich and Goettingen, the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, (B.A.), and the Lutheran College and Semianary, Saskatoon, (M. Div.). His pastoral charges in bi-lingual service have been from 1955 to 1959 in the Shellbrook Parish, Saskatchewan; from 1959 to 1963 at the Trinity Church in Edmonton, Alberta; and he served as Chairman of the Committee on Evangelism and Social Missionsfor the Western Canada Synod.  Pastor Penner took post-graduate studies in Clinical and Pastoral Counseling at the University Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

In 1963, he began service as Pastor of Zion Church.  He has attended the Psychological Training Institute in New York and the Urban Training Institute in Chicago Illinois.  Pastor Penner has served for two terms as the President of the German Interest Conference, L.C.A., and in the capacities of Chairman and Secretary on the Church Vocations Committee, Maryland Synod, where he was a member for six years.

His deep concern for people and the community was rooted in his faith and his commitment to the Word he preached.  Many facets of his work had their origin in his heritage and Zion's service to the Lord.

Pastor Penner was Chairman of the Examining Panel, Maryland Synod, where he served as a member since 1972, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Kirchliches Monatsblatt since 1963.  He served as Chairman of the Central Churches of Baltimore, and on the Executive Board of the Seafarer's Center, Port of Baltimore.  Pastor Penner was Chaplin of the Star Spangled Banner Flag House, and was a visiting Chaplin at the Greisenheim (General German Aged People's Home) and Church Hospital in Baltimore.  Pastor Penner was also a Commissioner on the Community Relations Commission of Baltimore City.  

Pastor Penner was married and had three children.  In his spare time, he enjoyed sailing and swimming.  He passed away on November 19th, 1984.

Penner grave in Lorraine Park Cemetery, Baltimore Maryland taken 2004

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