Rev. Keith Banwart, Jr.
The Rev. Keith G. Banwart, Jr. was born in Sioux City, Iowa and grew up in suburban Des Moines. He attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska where he received his BS in Education, majoring in Theology and Speech/Drama, as well as his Lutheran Teacher's Diploma.
Rev. Banwart holds three Master's degrees: MA in Religion from Concordia Theological Seminary, MDiv. from Luther Seminary and MEd from Concordia University. Rev. Banwart is a former school teacher at the Benedictine School, Winnebago Public High School on the Winnebago Native America Reservation and at Trinity High School. He served as Intern Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawthorne, California from 1993-1994 and has served since 1995 as the Senior Pastor of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Glendale, California- a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Rev. Banwart formerly served as Bp. Paul Egerston's Ecumenical Representative and as Secretary of the Southwest Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He currently serves as Dean of the Foothill Conference of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, as President of the Board of Directors of SoCalLutherans.com, as President of the Board of Directors of Lutheran Health Ministries of the Foothills and on the Board of Directors and Ethics Committee of Solheim.