About Our Family
Home and Education
Carl Rockrohr was born to Rev. David and Mrs. Jane Rockrohr. He is the eldest son of four Rockrohr boys, Tim, Peter and Dan. After Rev. David Rockrohr’s first call to teach at Concordia College in Portland, OR., the Rockrohr family moved to Milwaukee where Rev. David Rockrohr served as pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church from 1967-1993. David and Jane currently reside in West Bend, WI.
Carl attended Our Redeemer Lutheran Grade School in Wauwatosa, WI, studied at Milwaukee Lutheran High School and completed undergraduate studies at Concordia University Wisconsin. He went on to study for the ministry at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He completed degrees M.Div (1990), S.T.M (1999) and Ph.D. (2008) from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Deborah Rockrohr (David and Carol Roth currently of Jackson, MO) grew up in southern Illinois and south-east Missouri in Cape Girardeau. She and her older and younger brothers, David and Dan, all graduated from St. Paul Lutheran High School and Jr. College of Concordia, Missouri. She completed the Deaconess Program at Concordia University Chicago in 1984. She studied further at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis where she received a Master of Arts in Religion degree in 1986. She and Carl met at the seminary and they were married on May 23rd, 1987.
Carl has served as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Ch. (Columbia, MO), Faith Lutheran Ch. (Parkston, SD) and Oklahoma Ave. Lutheran Ch. (Milwaukee, WI). He was a evangelistic missionary with LC-MS World Mission in Ghana, West Africa from 1993-98. Most recently Carl has served as Assistant Professor of Religion at Concordia University Ann Arbor from 2005-2011. During his time at Concordia he also served as Chair of the Division of Religion and Philosophy and as Dean of the School of Religious Studies and Social Sciences.
Deborah is called as a LC-MS rostered deaconess and a member of the Concordia Deaconess Conference. This conference is a professional organization of deaconesses of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. Deborah served as vice-president of the conference from 2008-2011. Deborah is also currently studying for her Doctorate of Education Higher Education Leadership and Management through Regent University. She has completed her course work and is currently working on her dissertation. Deborah has served as a deaconess at Concordia Lutheran Ch. (Greenwood, IN), Concordia University Wisconsin, Concordia University Ann Arbor and St. Paul Lutheran Ch. (Farmington Hills, MI).
Work in South Africa
Carl started his current missionary positions as Theological Educator for Lutheran Theological Seminary in Pretoria, South Africa and also as Academic Associate to the Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Southern Africa on June 30, 2011. Deborah’s new missionary position is Director for Diaconal Training at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Pretoria, South Africa. They currently reside in Pretoria, South Africa with their youngest son, Ted.
Carl and Deb have four children, Paul, Jim, Becky and Ted. Paul is engaged to Stacy Menzer to be married on December 16, 2012.
Paul is a first year student at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft Wayne 2011-2012 preparing to be a LC-MS ordained pastor.
Jim finished his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Concordia University Wisconsin in December of 2011. As of July 2012 he is working as a Resident Director for Concordia University Wisconsin.
In 2011-2012 Becky is a sophomore/junior in the in the Deaconess training program at Concordia University Chicago.
Ted is in 7th grade. Before the move to South Africa he attended Concordia Lutheran School in Farmington Hills and Redford, MI. He currently is a student at Waterkloof House Preparatory School. Besides enjoying soccer, basketball and track from the U.S., he is also learning cricket and rugby.