ABOUT OUR PASTOR
Hallenbeck was born and raised in West Hartford, CT. He graduated
from Conard High School in 1969 anti Ithaca College in 1973 with a
BS in Physical Education & Recreation. In the fall of 1973 he
joined the West Hartford Police Department. After serving as a
police officer for 18 years he was asked to become the Director of
Public Works for the Town of West Hartford, a position he held for
15 years until his retirement in 2009.
was while pastor was serving as Director of Public Works that he
began to feel more strongly the call to the ministry, which had
been growing within him from the time he was very young. He
enrolled in the 2 year program at the admission Training Center at
Concordia/Bronxville, and followed it with acceptance into the
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod's alternative route to the
ministry - the DELTO program (Distance Education Leading To
Ordination). Annual trips to the. Seminary in St. Louis
supplemented the long-distance course work, which was completed
under the local guidance of his mentor, Pastor Carl Anton. During
the 4 year DELTO program, Pastor faithfully served the
congregation of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manchester,CT. Upon completion of the program he was ordained and retired from
the town after 33 years of service. Pastor accepted a Call to Zion
and was installed there July 12, 2009.
met his wife Bunny in the summer of 1972 while they were both
working for the West Hartford Parks & Recreation Department.
They became engaged that summer and were married in June, 1974.
They have 4 children: Elizabeth (married to Thomas), Brent
(married to Melissa), Melissa (married to Helvidio), and Brock.
They have also been blessed with grandchildren and are fortunate
that all live nearby in Connecticut.
serving Zion Lutheran Church, Pastor Hallenbeck is a chaplain for
the State Police and the Manchester Police Departments. He is also
Zion's representative to the Manchester Area Council of Churches
(MACC. His hobbies include physical fitness, judo, bee-keeping and