The Benz Endowed Chair in Scripture is an expression of thanksgiving and hope that the ministries of Jesus Christ will be strengthened and extended in the life of the Church and in faithful witness to all the world through Wartburg Theological Seminary in its preparation of men and women to preach and teach the Gospel.
The Benz Endowed Chair in Scripture shall be for the purpose of underwriting an Old Testament position on the faculty of Wartburg Theological Seminary with the occupant of said position to be identified as the Frank L. and Joyce S. Benz Professor in Scripture.
It is the hope and prayer that The Frank L. and Joyce S. Benz Endowed Chair in Scripture will be a continual blessing to Wartburg Theological Seminary and the students preparing for the ministry who will benefit from it. Your gift will join with many other gifts to make this endowed chair a reality. Please consider joining us in Thanksgiving for Mission to offer a gift or pledge to The Frank L. and Joyce S. Benz Endowed Chair in Scripture.
Frank was born and raised on his parents’ homestead in western North Dakota along with three sisters and eight brothers. After high school he took a teacher training course for eight weeks and taught in rural schools for two and a half years. He graduated from Wartburg College in 1954 with majors in German and New Testament Greek. During his years of study for ministry at Wartburg Theological Seminary (1954-1958) he was asked by the faculty to forego his year of internship to teach Beginning Greek and Hebrew for two years while completing his senior courses. In 1958 he enrolled for graduate studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
He and Joyce Schumann, an executive secretary in the home offices of the Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Neenah, WI, were married in 1959. In Baltimore she took a job at the McCormick Spice and Tea Co. as secretary to the treasurer.
Frank was called back to Wartburg in 1960, but given leave to complete his degree
studies. His doctoral dissertation, Personal Names in the Phoenician and Punic Inscriptions, was published by the Pontifical Biblical Institute Press in Rome. It continues to be a valuable resource for scholars in the Semitic field of study.
During Frank’s 33 years of ministry at Wartburg Seminary, he served on a variety of faculty committees as well as Acting Registrar & Director of Admissions, Dean of Students & Financial Aid Officer, and Interim (J-Term) Director. For the ALC he was a member of the Evangelism Committee and the Colloquy Committee. Since 1988 he has been Wartburg’s representative on the candidacy committee of the NT/NL synod. He has been the dean of the Luther Academy of the Rockies since 1996.
In his teaching years he has worked on three archaeological excavations in Israel and the West Bank. He and Joyce have led several study tours for students and others to the Holy Land.
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