LEA honors 10 educators with 2017 awards

The Rev. William “Bill” Beckmann of St. Charles, Ill., is Lutheran Education Association’s (LEA) Christus Magister award recipient for 2017.

Beckmann (Kristy Joanis)

Beckmann heads the list of 10 Lutheran teachers and administrators named by LEA for its distinguished-educator awards this year. The board of directors of LEA — an LCMS Recognized Service Organization — selected him for its most distinguished award that has been presented since 1965 to Lutheran educators “who have made significant contributions to Lutheran education,” according to an LEA news release.

Beckmann is a pastor and co-director for children’s ministries at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Batavia, Ill., where he has served since 1995. Previously, he held administrative and teaching positions at Lutheran high schools in Illinois and Indiana and served as a director of Christian education.

A 1958 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Beckmann earned a master’s degree in educational administration in 1960 from Teachers College, Columbia University,  New York.

“Even though he has been in the ministry for 50-plus years, he still studies current trends in all different aspects of ministries,” said a colleague of Beckmann’s in supporting his nomination for the LEA award. “He always has ideas to share with the team about what is changing in our world for kids and the direction our church needs to be going in to keep up with those changes. In our church, he is the balance that keeps the old traditions with new and upcoming traditions.”

The nine other 2017 LEA distinguished-educator award recipients — selected by LEA Network Leadership Teams — are:

Posted February 6, 2017

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One Response to LEA honors 10 educators with 2017 awards

  1. Joyce Kuhasz Bryk February 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

    Congratulations, Bill. I heard about your honor through my sister Judy’s facebook page.

    Joyce Kuhasz Bryk

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