Dr. Robert H. Bennett

Executive Director


Dr. Robert H. Bennett is the executive director of Luther Academy. Before accepting the position to Luther Academy, Dr. Bennett served as the administrative pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Reese, Michigan (2009-2014) and senior pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Benzonia, Michigan (2001-2009). He enjoys teaching in the areas of the Lutheran Confessions and pastoral theology. Dr. Bennett also serves as an international mission specialist and Guest Professor of Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Lord has blessed him and Angela, his wife of 25 years, with four children: two sons (Robert & Joseph) and two daughters (Amy & Kate). His hobbies are collecting books and traveling. Dr. Bennett holds the degrees of B.A. from Concordia University, Ann Arbor (Human Resource Management); M.Div. (Exegetical Studies); S.T.M. (Exegetical Studies); and Ph.D. (Missiology) from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne Indiana. His Ph.D. research focused on the growth of the Lutheran Church of Madagascar (F.L.M.). Dr. Bennett’s research has led to the publishing of his first book on the subject of Malagasy Lutheranism, I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare. Dr. Bennett is also the author of Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America and numerous journal articles and book reviews. Before entering the holy ministry, Dr. Bennett held various secular vocations in the areas of management (United Parcel Service) and process engineering (The AARELL CO). He looks forward to his new position at Luther Academy and the various ways the Lord will use him to serve global Lutheranism.

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A fascinating and unnerving book, Afraid is a must-read that equips all Christians to recognize the devil’s influence in our society and to act on it. Robert Bennett describes real events and actual confessions people have shared with him of demonic encounters—in America, in our modern age. Summoning demons, interacting with “ghosts,” and holding séances led to what many may call horrifying hallucinations and even schizophrenia. But for many Americans, these things are their spirituality. How can we break free from the despair and crushing fear that such encounters can bring? How do we come to the aid of our neighbors who are lost in Satan’s deceptions? Bennett points us to the only way out: God’s grace and the medicines He gives to His people.

Dr. Bennett has had extensive trips in Madagascar and Haiti. He has also now been to most of the Luther Academy sites throughout the world.

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