Pastor Jeff Hendrix
Jeff Hendrix was born to James and Jacalyn Hendrix on February 20, 1988 and was baptized on the same day. He never wanted to be a pastor.
He grew up in St. Joseph, MI. His home church was Grace Lutheran Church, St. Joseph (WELS) where he immersed himself in the audio/video program for church, doing graphic design for church and directing the video recordings of each church service. It was in doing this that Jeff became interested in video production and design.
He went to Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN to study communication in hopes of landing a job in the field. While he was there he began to know and appreciate historic Lutheran doctrine and practice, recognizing the beauty and teaching in the design of the divine service. Professors at Bethany encouraged him to consider into studying for the pastoral office. He listened to their advice.
An untimely switch in the biblical languages schedule at Bethany forced him to commute to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN for Hebrew. But he met his wife Carla Carmichael while taking classes there, so it worked out rather well. She worked super hard in spite of meeting Jeff and received a triple major from MLC in elementary education, secondary instrumental music, and secondary choral music in December of 2013. They were married in August of 2014.
After graduating from Bethany in 2010, Jeff decided to continue his communication training and earned a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University in Muncie, IN in 2012. Then he finally began seminary at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary. Seminary began to teach him the beautiful design of all of God’s teachings, but also made him aware of just how much more there is to know. He was assigned as vicar of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Indianola, IA in May of 2015, graduated Seminary in May of 2016, and assigned as pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church, Ulen, MN and Grace Lutheran Church, Crookston, MN.