Jacob Pennekamp BA '96, MA '06

Jacob Pennekamp BA '96, MA '06 has accepted the Call to be the next Head of School of Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, IN, where he will officially assume the role on July 1. Pennekamp earned both his Bachelor of Arts in education and Master of Arts in school leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

“I have been truly humbled by this opportunity to discern the Lord’s leading. The Call to be the next Head of School at Concordia Lutheran High School is significant because of the opportunities as well as challenges currently facing Lutheran education,” he said. “Enthusiastically, I look forward to the opportunity to lead at CLHS. Trusting in God’s promises, I am bold to pray that He will equip and empower us to accomplish the work already set before us.”

Pennekamp is a 1992 graduate of CLHS and currently serves as the principal of Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School in Fort Wayne. He has served in that role since 2007. He also serves alongside his wife, Sarah, as the high school youth director for Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Prior to that position, he served for four years as the principal and director of student ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Aurora, IL. He also was a teacher and athletics director for Trinity Lutheran School in Davenport, IA, from 1996 to 2003.

His wife is also a CLHS graduate (class of 1992), as are three of their children (classes of 2020 and 2021), while one is a current sophomore and one is a future Cadet.

Concordia Lutheran High School was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, the school continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ.