Conger Preaching Lectures

03/05/2013 11:00 AM - 03/07/2013 Noon

Hodges Chapel, Beeson Divinity School map

Lorrie Beth Milton


William E. Conger, Jr.

Lectures on Biblical Preaching

Struggling With All His Energy
Colossians 1:29


 March 5-7, 2013

Featuring Rev. Mark Jeske
Pastor, St. Marcus Lutheran Church,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin



B.A., Northwestern College
M.Div., Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary


Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  11:00am Chapel--"The Orthodoxy of Paradoxy" (Exodus 34:1-7)

 Wednesday, March 6, 2013
11:00am Lecture--"I Hate Preaching" (Can We Just Talk?)
  12:00pm Luncheon-- (Reservations required*)

Thursday, March 7, 2013
11:00am Lecture--"I Make Myself a Slave" (It's All About the Hearer)

*Luncheon reservations can be made by calling 205-726-2731 or 800-888-8266. Luncheon cost is $7.50 per person and must be paid in advance.

A Milwaukee, Wis. native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus Lutheran Church on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980.  During those earlier years of his long tenure there, he made a personal commitment not to abandon the inner city when racial tensions caused urban flight to accelerate.  He led the struggling church and its elementary school through those troubled times, not only keeping their doors from closing, but also helping both flourish and grow into the twenty-first century.   

Today St. Marcus is a thriving multicultural congregation of over 1,000 members.  It successfully operates numerous outreach ministries. St. Marcus School is nationally known as an innovative, Christ-centered educational institution recognized for its high standards of academic achievement with an enrollment over 600.  

Before he began serving as the pastor at St. Marcus, Pastor Jeske spent a year in Colombia, South America, starting a mission church as part of his internship assignment while attending Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis., for his theological post graduate education.  He also spent two years teaching English, history, Old Testament, and geography at Northwestern Preparatory School in Watertown, Wis. prior to the beginning of his parish ministry at St. Marcus in Milwaukee.  

Pastor Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in November of 2001, on just one station in Milwaukee. By 2012 the broadcasts air on more than 50 stations, numerous cable networks, five different satellite channels, Armed Forces television, and the internet.  

An accomplished instrumentalist (piano, but also organ, harpsichord, guitar and mandolin, among others), Pastor Jeske enjoys touring with his church’s regionally known choir, United Voices of Praise.  He especially appreciates jazz, blues, and roots music.  

He is also a history buff—European, church, and American--and he knows a lot about Milwaukee, too. Pastor Jeske is passionate about the need for America’s various cultures to tolerate, learn from, and truly appreciate one another – the theme of another book he is in the beginning stages of writing.  

In addition, Pastor Jeske has written a Bible commentary (James, Peter, John, Jude) and more than two dozen daily devotional booklets.  Numerous articles transcribed from his recent Sunday messages appear regularly in Time of Grace publications. Time of Grace, a collection of 365 devotional messages, appeared in print in the summer of 2010. Messiah Is Coming (2011) is a series of Bible studies of the great Messianic prophecies, and Straight Talk (2012) is a response to about 120 tough questions sent by viewers and readers.  

Pastor Jeske and his wife, Carol, an elementary school teacher, are blessed with four children; John, Sam, Liz, and Michael.  They live on the east side of Milwaukee.