Pastor Karl Strenge was baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in May of 1970 at Zion Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL. He was ordained and installed at Redemption Lutheran Church on July 20th 2003. He came to Redemption from Concordia Seminary in St Louis, MO. Previously he taught high school for three years. Pastor Strenge studied history at Eastern Illinois University where he received a BA and a MA. He is married to Christa (nee Wascher) Strenge. They have seven children.